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The Journey’s End Blessing

Psalm 134

Verse 3 May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

We have reached our last day of this journey of songs written to sing on the route to Jerusalem for the three festivals. A journey of praise of God for all the ways He has prepared and cared for us.

The psalmist ends this psalm with the request that the Lord bless His people. These faithful people who made the journey were showing their dedication to God and His commands. They were making a journey that may have included hardships and trials but that would have also carried an amount of joy. There would have been an air of excitement as they closed in on the city. As the climbed the last incline the excitement would have grown. Voices may have gotten louder and tired feet may have found the energy to move a little faster.

They had been singing many songs that reminded them of the various ways that God had served His people for generations. They would have been reminded that God wasn’t finished with His people and that His promise of a Redeemer was just as good as the day it was given to Eve in the Garden of Eden. These songs would have reminded them why they were headed to this city at this time. No matter the festival that was headed to, there was the knowledge that God had called them together to worship Him in His chosen place.

Having been there multiple times over the years they had personal memories of festivals gone by. Memories of blessings from obeying the call to come. They may have had memories of ways that God had personally touched their heart through the festivals. Maybe they heard a word from the Lord as passages of Scriptures were read. Maybe there was the feeling of awe that was felt each time they saw the beautiful temple that was built by Solomon. One thing is for sure, they never left without having some reaction to the trek.

This is the heart that we should come to church with. Whether it is for a Sunday worship service or a Bible study, we should be coming with a desire to come away with something that touches us deep in the soul. Our lives should be changed by our time worshiping the God of heaven with other believers. We should know true joy in coming to worship. “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” (Psalm 122:1) We will be blessed!

Making It Personal

When have you come from a service or study and felt changed by His Word? How excited are you about coming to worship? What will be your attitude as you head to church or Bible study now?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you like going to church and Sunday school? Why should you be excited about going to church and Sunday school? Have you ever learned something special about Jesus at church?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for calling us together to worship You. Give us an ever growing desire to worship You everywhere and in pure love of who You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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