"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!" - Psalm 134:1-3
To bless means “to speak well of; to declare good things over someone.” We bless the Lord when we speak good things about Him, when we declare and proclaim His goodness, both in our speech and by our lives. A life changed by the saving power of God blesses Him as much as, or maybe even more than anything we might say with words.
It’s appropriate that we, who live in the House of the Lord, declare His goodness. Who else is in a position to do that? Your life has been turned into a holy place by His presence; your very body has been made the Temple of God by His Spirit, who dwells in You by faith in Jesus.
When God blesses you He declares good things over you, and God’s Word is powerful and creative: when He proclaims good things over You, good things happen in your life.
Zion is the dwelling place of God on earth; Zion is the people of God, the Church. May the Lord bless you from Zion is to say that through the Church, where He dwells in the midst of His people, God will proclaim and bring good things to you.
Whenever we gather with other Christians, God declares all kinds of good over us, beyond what we can imagine. And when He who made heaven and earth declares blessing on You, goodness flows and His good purpose comes about in your life.
Lord God, my Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter, I bless You today. You have done great things for me, and your name is Holy. Let my life declare your saving power, your mercy and your greatness wherever I go today, in everything I do and say, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles