I took notice of the phrase “who minister by night” in today’s reading of Psalms 134:
1 Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. 3 May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.
The Bible tells us that there were priest or Levites who would keep watch over the temple all through the night. All the rituals and activities of the day were complete. The rest of the nation of Israel was at rest. I can imagine this could easily become a mundane, tedious task – sitting there night after night doing nothing. I picture a security guard staring at a closed circuit television of a security system – not the most glamorous of job descriptions.
Yet, the Psalmist is encouraging those tasked with this duty to not just sit there but to praise God with hands lifted up.
Since part of my calling has to do with leadership in a church, I started thinking about all the seemingly unimportant or the not so glamorous duties that are required to keep a local church running smoothly. I thought of all the behind-the-scenes people that never get the recognition they deserve. Yet, they continue to serve God faithfully.
The encouragement today is to praise God with all your might – no matter what you find yourself doing. If you’re the night watchman, praise God. If you’re a behind-the-scenes person, lift up your hands and worship God.
God bless You!
grace & peace,