Now praise the LORD,
all you servants of the LORD
who stand in the LORD’s house at night!
Lift up your hands in the holy place
and praise the LORD!
May the LORD,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Praise the Lord! Has the Lord gifted you with a mighty salvation? Then praise the Lord! Has He delivered you from the weight of suffering? Then praise the Lord! Has He given you hope? Praise the Lord! Has He delivered you from a trial unscathed and soon after you discover you have come away with treasure instead? PRAISE GOD!! As children of God, He is the One who carries our burdens, fights our battles, and bears our trials for us (this distinguishes us from non-believers). Praise the Lord! As servants of the Lord we offer our praise and worship to Him continually without making a distinction between day or night!
Lift up your hands in praise! 2 Chronicles 20:9 says, “If disaster comes on us – sword or judgment, pestilence or famine – we will stand before this temple and before You, for Your name is in this temple. We will cry out to You because of our distress, and You will hear and deliver.” On this side of the cross, we don’t need to stand before the sanctuary (as a building) to cry out in our affliction. We ARE the sanctuary of the living God (1 Cor 6:19)! We have His seal (a signet or private mark; to attest to something) on us (2 Cor 1:22, Eph. 1:13, 4:30) Therefore we stand, representing the sanctuary of the living God, lifting up our hands from this holy place, and PRAISE! You are awe-inspiring in Your sanctuary Lord! (Psalm 68:35)
As we praise and bless the Lord we do this by acknowledging who He is. But what about the last portion of this Psalm? “May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless…”. The notion of God blessing man is that He makes us what we are not and gives us what we have not. At this point, are you not compelled to stand from the sanctuary with hands lifted in praise? We shall praise you Maker of heaven and earth – day…and…night! Amen.
As we complete the pilgrimage ascent of the 15 Psalms, let’s keep our eyes looking upward and fixed on Jesus. Remember, there is no need to look down or back at the troubles you may have left behind. Thank you Jesus for YOUR freedom and YOUR peace.
In His grace,