Night time speaks of a time of challenges, in its own uncertainties and doubts. During the day, we can be distracted with our busy pace of life. But at night is when reality strikes -- my feelings amped louder than life.
All of us have night seasons; though it may come in different forms -- disappointment, failure, insecurity, etc. My natural reaction in difficult season is to isolate myself away from people, from reality, from life. In that, thoughts of condemnation starts to strike: you are a Christian, plus you're a leader in Church. Why do you still bother to serve if you cannot even set your life straight?
Too many times I felt unworthy to serve -- because I felt so weak. I didn't feel like going to Church, let alone serving. I felt so dry that I don't feel I have anything to give unto the Lord and His People. And this verse 1 explained just that -- servants who by night stand in the house of God.
So what does the Lord have to say about this?
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD. (Psalms 134:2 NKJV)
It is as if the Lord completely disregard our state. He speaks not of our weakness, not of our works, not of our disqualifications. And He does not even demand us to serve Him, or give our best to Him. Nope, no mention about us nor our works. He simply says: "Lift up your hands -- the same pair of hands that you look down at and thought they amount up to nothing. The same hands that you felt that your work wasn't enough -- lift them up. And lift up your head, look at Me." Bless the Lord, O my soul. Focus on His goodness, His unfailing love, His unmerited grace. On the time that we deserve it least, that's precisely when He desires to lavish on us the most -- just because He loves us.
The Lord bless you out of Zion, even He Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 134:3 AMP)
As if His love wasn't enough, the Lord extravagantly blessed us with all the richness of Heaven and Earth. It is as if He's saying "I'll command the Heaven and earth to just bless you." His heavenly best resources are poured upon our life, and we are provided for with Heaven's finest resources. Nothing can ever beat that.
The Lord bless you out of Zion. In the Hebrew, the root word of Zion is tsiyah -- which speaks of a barren, dry, drought, solitary place. So yes, even in our place of isolation when we try to hide against the world.. He still pursues us and hunts us down to bless us. Not that we will remain in the barren land, but so that He could deliver us from there.
What a God! What a Saviour!