Saturday, October 23, 2010

Have Time to Praise the Lord? - October 23, 2010

Psalm 134 (New International Version)
A song of ascents.

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.

This is one of the shortest psalms in the Bible. It is a liturgy of praise, a brief exchange between worshippers and the ministers in the temple after evening service. The departing worshippers call on the ministers to continue their worship and praise to God throughout the night. The last verse in turn is one of the ministers blessing the worshippers as they leave.

We are called to do the same as we prepare for a day that should be set aside to worship and praise the Lord. Too often our every day lives and activities places God last on our list of priorities, and for some He is absent all together. One thing can be said for the ancient Jewish people. They lived lives totally focused on God. We can learn a thing or two from them.

It is time that we put God first in everything, and make every effort to immitate the life of Jesus Christ as we go about our lives. Not only will we be blessed by the experience, but it will make every other task much easier. If you make all things of God first, He will keep His promises to work through our lives as well.

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