Verse of the Week | Psalm 134:1

​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.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. dettinger47 says:

    Well done, young lady.

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  2. Homer Les says:

    Great post. Were you aware of why the priests were called to be at the temple at night as much as the day?

    God had some very specific commands for them. One very important one was that they were to tend the fire before the Lord. They could never let the flame go out. Very important task.

    You might wonder why that was so important. Well we know that we are God’s temple. We also know that God uses the imagery of fire to represent a vibrant, intimate relationship with Him filled with repentance and humility. So basically what the priests were doing in maintaining the fire was a visual for us nurturing intimacy with God.

    This happens day or night but nighttime is extra special because it is quiet and usually without distractions. Like the priests we need to be diligent about maintaining our fire before the Lord on a daily basis.

    Homer Les

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    1. I didn’t know that! What a great picture, though!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Really good verses!

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  4. Love your thought process here, Shae. I have passed by that verse and not considered it before. Thanks for helping me see it in a new way!

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    1. It was really interesting to find out the background and when this Psalm could have been used. Thanks!

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  5. vicklea says:

    I love this verse and your post is wonderful! We sang this song in one of the churches that we attended, and I still sing it as a worship song.

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    1. Cool! I didn’t know it was a song.

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  6. I have been going through a lot of nights here Shae, and yes as I face another one today. Your post is true that when my thoughts are praises the LORD it is easy to get through when my thoughts turn to “work” thoughts it becomes just that work. When I am praising the LORD, even though I am miserable, the hours seem like minutes. The labour is less tiring, The weight although heavy turns light. Great post. LORD, thank You for continuing to bless and guide Shae through Your Word. 🙂

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    1. You are continually in my prayers, Margaret! Is there anything specific I can pray for?

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      1. That I learn whatever it is God is trying to teach me from this situation because I am not getting it 🙂 🙂 It has to be something. All of this is not for naught. I know God wants me to be happy, content and joyful in all things. I am missing something because it just keeps going on and on. I have found in these situations it is because there is a lesson that God is trying to teach me, and obviously I am not getting it. Haha 🙂

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  7. Lisa Blair says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Inspiration – Lisa's Thoughts and commented:
    We have always been told the youth are our future. This blog is proof in the pudding. Please make this go viral. Both young and old need to read and ruminate on this scripture and how it applies to our lives.

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