A Season of Psalms - Psalm 134
“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Every night, my wife and I have the privilege of blessing our children. As they settle down into their beds, we lay our hands on their heads and pray these words from Numbers 6: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” There are very few nights where these powerful words aren’t spoken into the lives of our children, but on some nights we become so preoccupied with other matters that the words don’t cross our minds. That’s when our children ever so gently remind us: “Hey, you forgot to bless me!”
Psalm 134 addresses the priests and Levites who serve in the sanctuary during the night hours. It calls on the priests to bless God in the sanctuary and asks God to bless them in return. The priests are to bless the Lord with hands held high, lifted toward the temple. By blessing the Lord, we praise Him. By praising the Lord, we remember what He has done for us. Psalm 103 recounts how the Lord forgives sin, heals infirmities, redeems us from death, crowns us with His steadfast love and mercy, and satisfies our souls with good things. We return the blessing of praise to the One who has lavished us with His many blessings. This is our worship.
The New Testament teaches that all of God’s people are priests who are daily being built into a spiritual priesthood. Psalm 134 encourages us to lift up our hands in praise to our God and Savior. Say with me today: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!”
Further Reading: Psalm 103; 1 Peter 2:4-12
Pray with me:
Father, today we lift up holy hands in one accord, proclaiming “How great is our God!” I bless you today, Lord, for all that You’ve done for me. Nothing can keep me from singing Your praise, nor can I ever say enough. Hear my prayer of blessing today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.