When you are walking in relationship with the Lord, you’ll find that there are many seasons and many reasons to worship and bless Him. Times of rejoicing, celebration, triumph, answered prayer, miracles, healing, restoration, encouragement are all reasons we worship the Lord- but those are the easy ones. We’re quick to bless God when things are going well…aaaaand quick to blame Him when they aren’t.
The servants of the Lord “stand by night” to bless God, in the house of the Lord, and in the sanctuary, the Psalmist wrote. That “stand” is the stand of faith, noted in Ephesians 6:13- when you’ve done all you can do- stand. There are two actions in Psalm 134: stand by night, in faith on the Word of God and kneel before Him in worship. The night seasons in our lives are some of the most difficult times a believer can experience and they’re the times when you want to worship the least. Worship is the last thing on your mind to worship when you’re just trying to survive- yet it’s the first thing you need to do.
Worship is the last thing on your mind to worship when you’re just trying to survive- yet it’s the first thing you need to do.
To “bless” the Lord is the Hebrew word barak that means to worship Him by kneeling before Him, to celebrate His greatness on bended knee. It is a visual act of submission. If you can submit to God and worship Him in your darkest hours, He can bless you in the same manner. “Barak” is a two-sided word in the Bible. When we barak God, He will barak us, bless us, in return. Psalm 134:3 says, “…May the Lord who made heaven and earth barak you from Zion.” See? Stand in faith, kneel in worship and the God called heaven and earth into existence will manifest your blessing as well! (Learn more about barak in “The Way of the Worshipper”)
Thought for today
If you want to experience a greater level of God-driven spiritual movement in your life, discipline yourself to be one of those who “stand by night” in the house of the Lord, one of those who “life up their hands” in the sanctuary. There is a reason why some people seem to experience a greater level of God than others do and it has everything to do with submission. Worship isn’t a feel-good time of shivers, tingles and tears. Worship is a willful act of submission. The lifestyle of worship is reflected in how readily you’ll submit to God- His leading, His commands, His discipline- and ultimately His blessing.