Friday, 5 July 2019
“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!”
This is the last in a group of psalms called Psalms of Ascents. These psalms were used in the daily ceremonies of the Temple in Jerusalem. As the final psalm in the group, this would have been sung to the “night shift” Levites, who were coming on duty as the temple was closing.
God challenges them not to waste their idle moments during the night shift, but to use that time to “bless the Lord!”
What idle moments are there in your life? Those are the times that often lead to real spiritual struggles. Idle moments are when anxiety can fill our minds, when lustful thoughts can invade, when bitterness and anger can rise to the surface, when fear can paralyse us.
Those very moments that lead to the greatest struggles in our spiritual lives can be turned into one of the greatest sources of spiritual growth as we begin to give those idle moments to God.
The time in the car, or lying awake in bed, or in between classes, or waiting in the doctor’s office, or watching TV.
Ask yourself, “How could I bless God with these spare moments?”
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