Scripture: Psalm 134
Key verses: (1-3)
1 Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,
who stand by night in the house of the LORD!
2 Lift up your hands to the holy place,
and bless the LORD.
3 May the LORD, maker of heaven and earth,
bless you from Zion.
Reflection: That’s all there is in this Psalm. Just three verses. While some Psalms have verse after verse of poetry and hymns and praise and lament, this one has just these three sentences. It’s one of the Psalms designated a “song of ascents” meaning it was probably sung communally as people made their way “up” to Jerusalem for holy day celebrations. It was a traveling song, designed to prepare the singer to worship God.
How do you prepare for worship? Whether you join together on a Sunday morning here at the church, or at another one; or join us by livestream, or find another way to worship occasionally — how do you get your heart and mind in the right space to praise God? I will admit that as a worship leader, I am often rushing to get everything prepared, and checking on details. I don’t always take the quiet I need to get myself prepared. I suspect that many of you have the same difficulties, for different reasons. Maybe it’s getting children dressed and in the car. Maybe it’s making sure your own responsibilities here at the church are ready. Maybe it’s just become so routine that you don’t even think about preparing your own heart and head for worship each Sabbath day.
I’ve decided to memorize this Psalm, and try using it as preparation for worship. It will mean dedicating a little time and repetition in order to get it. I’m guessing that whatever brain space I give up in order to make room for this new psalm, was probably filled with something not as important. Maybe there is a simple way you can work at preparing for worship too.
Prayer: 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, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].