Read: Psalm 134
Psalm 134 has only three verses. But those verses mean a lot. The first two verses are an admonition to the priests who serve in God’s house night after night. The place where they served were almost dark and empty. It appeared that nothing significant was happening. Yet these priests were encouraged to “lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord” (Ps. 134:2). The third verse is a blessing: “The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!”
There are servants of the Lord today including pastors and their families who serve in small churches in small places. They may be doing their best for the Lord, yet they may often be discouraged, and tempted to lose heart. They may be unnoticed and unrewarded. They wonder whether anyone cares about what they are doing, anyone ever thinks about them, prays for them, or even consider them as valuable.
The passage for today is an encouragement to such servants of God who feel lonely or insignificant. It encourages those who are involved in ministry in the temple to lift up their hands and bless the Lord. Your place may be small, but know that it is a holy place. God is there with you. Who else do you need to be with you? The One who made the heavens and the earth is at work in and through you. Lift up your hands and praise Him. Anyone doing God’s work in God’s way is important and precious in His sight. Such people should realise that their lives leave an eternal impact on those they serve. And let such people encourage others who might feel they are in an insignificant place.