“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord!” The journey that began in Psalm 120 far away from Jerusalem finally came to a delightful destination—the temple of the Lord. What were the pilgrims of Israel to do when they reached the top of Zion? They were called by all those around them to worship the Almighty. The God who was the source of all their blessings gave them the joy of sending blessings back to Him.
Even though these ancient sojourners had come to the holiest place on the face of the earth, they still needed to look beyond Jerusalem to another sanctuary that they could not see. They lifted up their hands to a better “holy place” in the heavens.
The Omnipotent One “who made heaven and earth” does not dwell in houses made by man. He needs nothing from us, but we must receive every good gift from His gracious hands.
Jesus, our great High Priest, “after making purification for sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3) When we complete the journey of this life that He has ordained for us, He comes to take us home. Because we believe in Him and in His resurrection, we can bless the Lord even now. We can be near to Him and to all the inhabitants of the present heavens as we worship the Lord of glory.
Prayer from A Book of Prayers
Great God, we have come to our destination. We look to You with the fullest happiness. Your Son’s hands are lifted up in benediction upon us even now. We are receiving a divine blessing from the heavenly Jerusalem. What a wonderful gift!