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! - Psalm 134 ESV
Bless. What is it to be blessed? We hear this word often but we may not always know how to imagine it. We know it’s a good word, we know it’s a good place to be blessed, but how good is it? According to Eugene Peterson, blessed in Hebrew “describes what God does to us and among us, he shares the goodness of his Spirit, the vitality of his creation, the joys of his redemption. He empties himself among us, and we get what he is. That is blessing.” You see, when God blesses us, we get God, we get to enjoy a relationship with someone who empties himself for us. Eugene continues, “God gets down on his knees among us, gets on our level and shares himself with us.”
Ekko Church, we are a people who have been blessed by God. So in turn, we are invited and instructed to bless the Lord.
We are invited to bless God because so often we feel disqualified from coming before the Lord. Our thoughts, feelings, actions betray us and we feel that we can’t worship before the Holy God. Therefore we need this invitation from God Himself, we are invited to bless Him.
We are instructed to bless God because so often we don’t feel like worshipping Him. We think we’re being dishonest or inauthentic if we do things we don’t feel. That’s why this Psalm is also a command, an instruction, and not just an invitation. Because we need to silence the flesh that so easily drifts from God and worships at the feet of our feelings. We obey and bless God because we are no longer idol worshippers.
Therefore, Ekko, bless the Lord.
So, what does it mean to bless the Lord? We share ourselves to Him, the living God. We give our life to Him and His work. We enjoy His redemption and thank Him for our salvation. We empty ourselves, and he gets what we are, all of us. We get down on our knees at the foot of the Cross and worship Him.
- How can you give of yourself again to Him in a fresh way?
- How can you bless the Lord this week?
- What’s keeping you from fully blessing the Lord?
- Write it down.
“…who stand (serve, minister) by night in the house of the LORD!”
There is no way to properly bless the Lord outside of His House. If you want to truly bless the Lord, you must not just belong to a House of God, you must stand, serve, and minister in it with deep gratitude and joy. And anything that tries to rob that pure joy, you must fight against it with all your might so that the Enemy doesn’t kill, steal and destroy your Worship, your ability to Bless God, for that is what you were called to dear Christian.
- Ask yourself this question, “How can I better stand, serve, minister in the House of the Lord so that I can effectively express my gratitude and joy in Him?”
- What vows have you made as one who stands, serves, ministers in the God’s House? Has you “yes” been yes, and your “no”, a no? Repent for any unkept promises to God via God’s house.
- Write down your renewed commitment to God’s House, for your covenant with His House is directly tied to your desire to celebrate and bless Him.
Blessings are anchors for our lives, blessings are anchors for our pilgrimage in Christ. Blessing God helps you ascend to the top of the Mountain of God. But they also prevent disastrous falls. A rock climber will use what’s called a Top Rope Anchor — it’s a point of attachment for a climbing rope, always anchored above the climber so that if they fall they don’t fall all the way down. Blessing God keeps us from falling during our ascent to God.
Blessing God also keeps us from drifting away during the storms of life. Sailors use an anchor called Sailboat Anchors. It’s an object designed to prevent drifting or being carried away in an open sea storm. Life is full of storms aren’t they, blessing God keeps us anchored and prevents us from drifting away so that we can continue to move forward in our pilgrimage for God.
Ekko, bless the Lord so that you don’t have to fall behind and so that you don’t drift away. Ekko, bless the Lord.
“Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!”
Blessing God is tangible, it’s physical. It affects our very being, not just our minds and our hearts but our bodies together make up the Temple of God and is a Tool of Worship to God.
We bless God by singing praises to His name.
We bless God by sharing our stories of redemption to Others.
We bless God by shouting against injustice and evil.
But we also bless God by doing, moving, lifting, plowing, grabbing, releasing.
We bless God via our bodies.
We bless God when we work hard with our hands in the quiet life.
We bless God when we place our bodies next to those who are lonely.
We bless God when we use our hands to feed the hungry and open doors to strangers.
We bless God when we use our feet to get to those who’ve not heard the Gospel.
We bless God by lifting our hands in worship.
Ekko, we bless God by taking our “everyday, ordinary life - our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering.”
“May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!”
Scripture reminds us that we can love because He first loved us. So it is with blessings, we can bless God and others because we have first received the blessings from God. God blesses, that is why we can and should bless God and others.
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! - PSALM 134 ESV