Psalm 134 begins with these words, “Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord”! How do we go about blessing the Lord? It begins with the simple command – ‘come’. We don’t do it sitting on the couch waiting for Him to come join us. We need to approach His throne with humility and honor, and seek His face, not merely His hands. Far too often we seek the Lord’s hands and what He can do for us. We come to Him with a bushel basket of requests and a thimble of thanksgiving and worship and praise. That isn’t how we should come!
As we come, we are to bless the Lord. Worship is not about you and me. It is all about God and how we relate to, position ourselves in relationship to, and what we express while we’re at His throne. It doesn’t begin with our supplications or prayer requests. We often bombard God with what we want and need, often simply asking Him to bless what we’re already doing or planning to do. But that isn’t coming and blessing the Lord. Blessing Him is not about us at all, but remembering and calling out all that He has done for us. It’s us praising Him, not Him listening and granting our prayers.
We get it wrong when it comes to blessing the Lord. It’s not about us. “Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord”! We are not the subject of blessing, we are the ones who should bring blessing to Him. We exalt Him and His name by lifting our hands up high. We express our gratitude and praise by lifting up His name and shouting or singing blessing to Him. As we recall His goodness and love on us, we worship and adore Him. We pass our adoration and love freely on Him.
That’s how it should start. I love the acrostic ACTSI – which stands for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession. That’s how we need to approach God. We come to Him first with adoration. We follow that with confession of our sin and the shortcomings of our life. Then we recall with thanksgiving all that He has done for us. That’s when we finally get to our requests – the things we want to ask God for. Up til this point the focus is on Him and who He is. We wrap up with intercession for others in our life where we beseech God to take action on their behalf. That’s how we truly bless the Lord!