Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
3 The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
We pray for God to bless us but how do we bless God? The original word means to celebrate. When I hear “celebrate” I think of Christmas or a birthday. We gather together with family, we remember the history of the one being celebrated, we are joyful and we give gifts. So with celebrating God. We can celebrate Him alone but the experience is richer when we celebrate Him with others. We find joy in remembering what He has done in our lives and we bring Him gifts, the most valuable gift being the gift of ourselves.
But then this joyful celebration is given another dimension. All this community joy comes at night. Not just during a literal night but during adversity, dark nights of the soul. We praise God even in our darkest hours: when we lose a job, when our family falls apart, when there is sickness all around, when life seems unfair.
Joy is more noticeable in the darkness. Luke 6:23 says we are to “leap for joy!” This isn’t just a quiet internal joy! That kind of joy is infectious! Paul and Silas singing in jail so impressed the jailer that he and his family accepted Paul and Silas’s God.
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