Study Guide – Psalm 134

1 Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord

    who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
    and praise the Lord.

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

Personal reflection: On a scale of 1 to 10 (lowest to highest), would the Lord consider you His servant? No matter what # you placed yourself on the scale, take a moment to praise the Lord while you complete this study guide.

This psalm was used in preparation for worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. With that in mind, what do you think the servants "who minister by night in the house of the Lord" were doing? Why would it be important that they praise the Lord during their work?

Verse 3 concludes this very short psalm. The writer of this psalm ends with a blessing pronounced on the servants. Who do you know who serves the Lord in a life dedicated to ministry? Take some time to pray a blessing upon them from to the Lord.

::::: Equipping Challenge :::::

Take a moment to send encouragement to a person who has committed his or her life to ministry. Encourage them to praise the Lord and then offer them the blessing of verse 3. Feel free to be creative in how you encourage them today.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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