Psalm 135:1-5, 13-14
1 “Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD! Offer praise, you servants of the LORD, 2 who serve in the LORD’s temple, in the courts of the temple of our God. 3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good! Sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant! 4 Indeed, the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel to be his special possession. 5 Yes, I know the LORD is great, and our Lord is superior to all gods. 13 O LORD, your name endures, your reputation, O LORD, lasts. 14 For the LORD vindicates his people, and has compassion on his servants.”
In this passage, David is speaking to God’s people here – His servants who serve in His temple. If ever anyone needed encouragement, it is those who serve in God’s temple.
My heart breaks when I see injured people traumatized by a misunderstanding, conflict or by someone else’s actions. All the more when this happens within the walls of the church. Sometimes we, the church, get so wrapped up in doing what’s right that we are in the wrong.
I’ve been there. In the most devastating time of my life, when I sought refuge in my church – I found I was silenced, instead. The enemy is a master at concealing things that need to be brought to light so people can heal and move on.
In the name of being above approach and not gossiping, the silence is deafening and sins can be glossed over. But the lack of addressing the elephant in the room will only cause it to become larger, still, morphed into something even more devastating.
The sheep are harassed and helpless, and oftentimes those who minister to the sheep bear burdens that are heavy. But the beautiful secret weapon shared in this Psalm is for everyone.
The Psalmist reminds us to focus on what matters – praising God. Unless God’s people refuse to tolerate religiosity and utilize our most powerful tool in the face of strife and troubles: praising God in the midst, we will be nothing more than a club; a group of people gathering together.
Those who know God and are informed about His awesome deeds are reminded in this passage to sing praises to God. Catalysts for our praise are reflecting on His character, His miraculous deeds and His faithfulness. Praising Him is our greatest calling and strength. We must refute anything that would distract us from this great purpose in our lives – glorifying God in the church and in our personal lives.
You see, there is something intrinsically powerful about worshiping God. We cannot truly praise the LORD without Him revealing motives that need to be exposed. We cannot come sing to the One without conviction rising if we are attempting to hide something from the One Who sees all. It is in praising Him that we are delivered and walk in forgiveness and freedom. It is in praising Him that we are vindicated form the enemy’s accusations, set free to no longer focus on the temporary things of this world.
No matter what goes on around us or where we serve God – in the temple or in a secular post, we will all face burdens that only God can lift. Perhaps the sweetest truth in the lives of His children is that He notices us – and not just sees our inner turmoil, but He has compassion on His servants and vindicates them, all for His glory.
Curiously, the act of worship and praise is not solely for God, for it is while we all praise God together that He works in our hearts, exposing darkness and drawing us nearer to Himself.
Lord, thank You for the gift of praising You. We need to worship You. Purify our hearts and Your bride, Lord. All for your glory.