Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Praise to the Lord by Night
“Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.”
I stood back and looked at this verse. (Figuratively, of course, since I remained in my seat.) The first verse of Psalm 134, I wondered. Wondered exactly why it talked of praising the Lord by night. Lo and behold, this is the last in a series of Psalms, finishing up at the end of the day.
There were certain priests and Levites who were designated to be on duty during the night, in the Temple. This very short Psalm was written for them.
Lots of things happen at night. Go bump in the night. And, do not happen in the daytime. We can see the glory of the heavens at night. The stars and moon reveal themselves, as well as planets and meteors.
Yes, this Psalm talks about praising the Lord while in the Temple. But, the Lord made a whole universe of remarkable things for us to praise. Tonight happens to be right in the high point of the Perseid meteor shower. A whole bunch of meteors (or, ‘shooting stars’). About ninety in an hour, as the peak of the shower happens. That is, if the viewer is in a dark enough area so they can see the sky clearly.
Lord, our Lord. How majestic is Your name in all the earth. And, in all the universe, too. It truly can be a blessing to all of us. Not only those of us serving in Your house, but also those of us who praise and bless Your name as we observe the wonders of Your creation. Thank You for creating so many marvelous, wondrous things. Thank You for Your infinite creativity, and for our ability to enjoy it.
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