‘Bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord.’ Psalm 134:1 NKJV
The last verse of the last psalm in the Bible says, ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.’ (Psalm 150:6 ESV) That means as long as you are alive you are called to worship God. But some of us are more wired to be worshippers in a church setting, while others are more wired to be workers. While all of us are called to glorify God, some of us are more inclined to do it through works of devotion while others are more inclined to do it through lifting our voices in praise. Still others do it through study of His Word. And with God, all of them count as acts of service.
The psalmist said, ‘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.’ (Psalm 134:1–2 NKJV) Note the words ‘servants of the Lord’. How were they serving Him? Through worship.
The Westminster Confession of Faith says, ‘The chief end of man is that he might glorify God.’ And there are many ways to do it: ‘Whoever offers praise glorifies Me.’ (Psalm 50:23 NKJV) Worship acts like a thermostat; it creates a climate in which God’s presence can be experienced and enjoyed.
David said: ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.’ (Psalm 103:1–2 NKJV) What a benefits package! Forgiveness, healing, deliverance, and protection. How do we receive these benefits? Through worship. When we bless the Lord, He blesses us. So when you worship, you’re serving God.
SoulFood: 2 Sam 14:21–17:13, John 3:1–21, Ps 89:15–37, Pro 23:15–18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023