Read: Psalm 134; 1 Chronicles 9:33; Leviticus 8:35; Luke 2:31 – 38; Luke 6:12;
1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Timothy 1:3
Psalm134 is the last of the Psalms of Ascent or Degrees, and was probably sung in the evening at the close of the last service of the Feast of Booths. It references the fact that in both the Tabernacle and Temple the Levites served both night and day.
Think About It: What around the clock spiritual obligations do I have? Am I conscientious in exercising my spiritual privileges and responsibilities?
Prayer: For a more constantly prayerful attitude.
Read: Psalm 134:1; Psalm 103:1, 2; Psalm 145:1, 2; James 1:17
“Blessing” — Hebrew berachah— means to commend, to wish well, to the intent that the object of blessing will enjoy favorable circumstances. Since God is in control of all circumstances, blessing the Lord may seem superfluous. But it is not superfluous considering that the opposite of blessing — cursing –– means to wish evil and to impute blame. Blessing the Lord is to impute only good to God and to give Him credit for all that is good, to thank Him for His many mercies.
Think About It: What are some of the many tender mercies of God I have experienced for which I can give Him the credit and thank Him?
Prayer: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Read: Psalm 134:1; Romans 1:1; James 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 1:1;
1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23
The Hebrew word ebed, like the Greek doulos, is usually translated “servant,” but both words mean first of all “slave,” as in someone who is owned by someone else. One may volunteer to serve, but slaves are under orders. We are not requested to serve the Lord; we have been purchased to serve the Lord. We are not our own; we were bought with a price.
Think About It: What are some of the practical implications of recognizing that I am not a volunteer, not an employee, but a slave? What was my purchase price? Does the Lord have reason to be either pleased, or dissatisfied, with my service?
Prayer: For grace to give the Lord whole-hearted service.
Read: Psalm 134:2; Psalm 28:2, 63:4; Hebrews 12:12; James 4:8
In Bible times uplifted hands were the standard gestures of prayer and of blessing. Uplifted hands symbolize prayer that is energetic and enthusiastic as opposed to languid and resigned. Priests were required to wash their hands before entering the Temple precincts for service.
Think About It: Are my prayers energetic and enthusiastic? How can I be sure that I am approaching God with “clean hands“?
Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart; probe me and know my thoughts; see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.
Read: Psalm 134:2; Isaiah 55:6 – 9; Romans 8:26, 34
Prayer has a direction, not to a “god within” as in mystical and cultic religions, but to God in His Holy Place, to God in heaven, to the One Holy God at whose right hand Jesus Christ pleads our cause.
Think About It: In light of Isaiah 55:6 – 9, why is it important to remember that prayer is not talking to myself? How does God help me to pray?
Prayer: Praise God for providing both Translator and Advocate for my prayers.
Read: Psalm 134:3; Deuteronomy 10:8; Numbers 6:22 – 27; 1 Peter 2:9
Psalm 134:3 is thought to be the answering blessing that came from the Levites in the Temple in response to the song of the pilgrims. The Old Testament priests were authorized to bless the people in the Lord’s name.
Think About It: Who are the “priests” in church (1 Peter 2:9)? Read some of the New Testament blessings shared in the epistles: 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18; Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 5:10, 11.
Prayer: Lord, make me a blessing to someone today.
Read: Psalm 134:3; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 1:3; Genesis 49:25 – 26
The magnitude of God’s blessing is revealed in the glory of His works. As Creator, there is nothing He cannot do; the blessings He gives are both heavenly and earthly.
Think About It: What are some of the spiritual blessings with which God has blessed me? What are some of the earthly blessings He has granted that I should enjoy?
Prayer: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow — the blessings of heaven above, and of earth beneath.