Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. – Psalm 134:1
When I read this verse one morning, I wondered what the last phrase meant in context. Those the speaker was addressing are thought to have been priests and Levites who watched the temple through the night. One commentator referred to this verse:
And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night. – 1 Chronicles 9:33
That got me thinking. The priests and Levites may have felt alone at times. They worked very hard for God all the time, but I wonder if they ever wished they had been born into a different tribe. You may know something is a privilege in your head, but you may not always feel in your heart that it is a privilege.
Those who worked in the temple day and night could have begun to think of their responsibilities as just work. However, in the verse above, they are instructed to bless the Lord while they watch through the night!
We Christians today would do well to obey that verse. When I go through personal “nights in the temple,” keeping my focus on God is the best thing I can do. I can’t make myself feel happy all the time, but I can meditate on God and his Word no matter how I feel. I can bless the Lord all the time, and that will bring me through until sunrise.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. – Hebrews 13:6
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. – Psalm 104:33 (KJV)
What do you do when it’s night in the temple?
Do you have an obscure Bible verse for a Verse of the Week? I love obscure ones.