Daily Devotion of Psalm 134
The last of the hymns sung in the Jerusalem Temple is very short. As short as it is, it shows several things about a serious believer:
- He wants to show God that he is happy (“blessed” — vs. 1) and content by being near his Master. We too can “bless” the Lord by being eager to obey, to worship Him, and to make Him important in our lives.
- He is a “servant.” He is not just a sitter, but he does what he can for the Lord (vs. 1). He made the long journey to the Temple, which shows how serious he was about hearing from the Lord and being as close to Him as he could. Worship was more important to him than what he could have done at home.
Today’s believer can also show God his willing heart by being a servant and doing something for the Lord. Attending church is important, but it is not working for the Lord. It is encouragement and edification for the believer. The Christian needs to have a ministry that God has laid on his heart to do what God has shown him to do for the cause of Christ.
- He went even at “night.” The last services in the Temple were said to be at night, so God’s servant stayed as long as he could to get all he could from the time of worship. He did not want to miss anything the Lord had for him there.
So many believers today need that same long-for-God attitude. Instead of missing Sunday school service, evening services, or a mid-week meeting they need to faithfully attend every church service, so they too do not miss anything the Lord may have for them.
- He was and we can also be excited to worship the Lord (Psalm 134:3).
The worshiping in the Temple ended a long time ago in Jerusalem. As long ago as it was, Christians today can still have the same kind of longing and love for God. Is worshiping and serving the Lord thy God as important to you as it was to those worshipers in God’s house?
“Worship renews the spirit as sleep renews the body.” — Cabot
Words to Understand:
Bless: “To pronounce a wish of happiness to one; … to set apart or consecrate to holy purposes; to consecrate by prayer; to invoke a blessing upon…” — Noah Webster, 1828
Sanctuary: place of worship
1 A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.