Time For God: Day 30

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: Psalm 134:1-2
Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!

Fifteen steps remain before Jerusalem’s Temple to complete your Pilgrim Journey. Joyful praises fill the air; you arrive to sounds of singing, dancing, and rejoicing.  

Jewish tradition relates the fifteen Songs of Ascent to the fifteen Temple steps. The fifteen steps are seen to symbolize God’s Name. Observant Jews, write God as “G-D” to avoid stating—even in a literary way—the unspeakable Holy Name (Ex. 20:7).

The Hebrew letters for G-d are Yud-Hei. In Jewish thinking letters represent numbers; Yud is 10 and Hei is 5. Together they make fifteen. The fifteen Temple steps symbolize our approach to the Holy Name of G-d. The Temple is understood to be God’s earthly dwelling place. Pilgrims walk the steps to bless the Lord, the Source of all blessing. The steps lead to a mystery—blessing God who blesses all creation!

To bless God means to praise and honour His Holy Name. Life is a pilgrim path; each step invites you to walk God’s way and in His will to bless His Holy Name. Living to bless God fulfils life’s purpose. One organization states its goal: to lead more like Christ; to lead more to Christ. It fully seeks to the praise and honour of His Holy name!

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. Pilgrims aren’t perfect! Christ’s atoning death cleanses stained hands, counting sinners holy. Disciples freely utter—and call upon—the Holy Name of Jesus, as a brother and the Lord. By grace God adopts forgiven ones into His family. Jesus welcomes you; the Holy Spirit anoints you; God forgives you fully. Lift up holy hands; call upon His Name in the purity of worship.

Bless the Lord of Creation! Bow before the Savior; his blood flowed at Calvary for you. Christ’s sacrifice guarantees redemption full and free. The Lamb of God has ransomed you from the market place of sin. You have every reason to bless the Lord!

How do you bless God today? How does He bless you? How can you bless another?

Lord Jesus Christ, I give You heartfelt thanks for all the benefits You freely give to me. On my behalf upon the cross You bore all the pains and insults that my sins so richly deserve. Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may I know You more clearly, love You more dearly and follow You more nearly, day by day. In the Name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
[Based on a 13th-Century prayer attributed to Richard of Chichester, England.]

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