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 bless you from Zion,
he who made heaven and earth!
(Translated version, original article written in Chinese by Pastor Mickey Hsiao)
[Theme] Bless the Lord and be blessed
This is the last of the 15 Songs of Ascent. At the end of the day of the festive pilgrimage in Jerusalem, God’s people are about to start their journey, to return to their own villages. The third verse is suitable to be read in a responsive way. Verse 1 and 2 begin with the people preparing to leave the Holy Temple and encouraging the faithful servants of God (priest, Levites), wanting them to continue to raise their hands to the sanctuary, praising the Lord; while God’s servants also respond to God’s people. May the Almighty Jehovah who made the Heaven and the earth, blesses His people. the name of Jehovah God is glorified during the exchange of these conversations.
God is the center of our worship. When everyone united together to bless the Lord, no matter if they are the priests, the Levites, or all the people who participate in worship, they can give God the reverence and glory that He deserves. Then the Lord who made the heavens and the earth can give blessings to His children according to His own glory. He will do it without any reservation.
Blessing is a two-way street. Imagine on Sabbath day, when brothers and sisters meet and praise God. Everyone worships and praises God whole heartedly. The pastor at the podium, the worship team and the brothers and sisters in Christ, all of them united together spiritually as they approach God, with their hearts and minds. God’s name is being exalted. God’s grace and blessings circulate among brother and sisters. Our God is willing to bless His people. Regardless of where and when, anyone who is willing to praise Him faithfully, will receive grace and blessings from God. Every time when we are on our journey to meet God, let’s not forget to “praise” our Lord, our God. God will “bless” these people.
Oh Lord, I thank you because I am created by you, and I belong to you; I am your people, and I am the sheep of your pasture. I will enter your gate with thanksgiving, and enter your court with praise. I must appreciate you, praise your Holy name!
Psalm 134:3 May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!