Behold, bless the Lord,
All you servants of the Lord,
Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the Lord.
The Lord who made heaven and earth
Bless you from Zion! – Psalm 134
Bless the Lord all you servants of the Lord.
This is as brilliant a challenge today as it was the day it was written. If we could only learn to bless the Lord instead of focusing on the things around us we learn to live in victory. If we could only stop seeing our woes and dwelling on all the worldliness around us we could learn to live on the ‘high places’ where God wants us to live.
So what does it mean to ‘bless the Lord?’ To bless the Lord means to exalt Him, to praise Him, and to worship. It means that we elevate Him above everything else in our lives. Our praise for him replaces our complaining about our circumstances.
When we bemoan how badly we have it we are only going to make matters worse. When we instead bless the Lord and His goodness we have hope to get us through the tough situations.
In all we say and all we do may we ever and always bless the name of the Lord, lift Him up above our circumstances, praise Him for who He is and all He does, look up to Him when we start to get discouraged by all we see going on, and bless Him by trusting Him to do what He says He will do.
Bless the Lord oh my soul, let all that is within bless His holy name.