Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 15th, 2017
Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
Psalm 134:1-2 (NKJV)
Bless the Lord
What a picture of continuous worship of our Lord! The Bible speaks of times when this worship was happening before the Lord in His house even in the night. Don’t wait for a specific day or even a formal sanctuary. You can worship the Lord wherever you are. You are the place of His Presence. Lift up your hands in worship to this wonderful God.
Canadian families welcome a new baby as a great blessing. The family may feel blessed to have a new member, but having been born in Canada means that the baby is also blessed. Take infant mortality, for example. According to a 2015 article in Maclean’s magazine, “Infant mortality has precipitously declined, even throughout the modern era: from 9.6 deaths per 1,000 population in 1981 to 4.8 currently. Survival rates for all cancers combined, the No. 1 killer of adult Canadians, are rising. Heart disease, the second leading cause of mortality, is in slow decline. Smoking is down. We’re taller. In 1972, nearly a quarter of adult Canadians were edentulous—or lacking any natural teeth. According to Statistics Canada, the toothless comprise a mere 6.4 per cent of our population today. Canadians are blessed in so many ways!
There is never a bad time to worship the Lord. Worship is the proclamation of the worthiness of God and that ought to pour out of us constantly. The Psalmist understood this to be true. In Psalm 134:1-2 he writes “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.” We are used to worshipping the Lord during the day. We do so through what we say, what we sing, and what we do. In the Jewish religion there were those who were given very specific tasks in worship – the Levites led the worship, the priests offered the sacrifices, and the people gathered to proclaim the goodness and greatness of God. They sang songs of ascent as they proceeded to Jerusalem. While there were times of somber self-reflection, repentance and sacrifice, particularly during the festivals, there were also times of great joy. All of this took place with the recognition that the Lord God of the universe was worthy to receive the very best that His people could offer. If this was so before Jesus came to the earth, it is more so for us. We who have had our sins washed away have so much for which to bless the Lord. So take time today, and in the words of this psalm “by night” to bless the Lord.
These have been words from the heart.