“Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.” (Psalms 134:1)
The last verse of the last psalm in the Bible says, “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). That means as long as you are alive you are called to worship God. But some of us are more wired to be worshippers in the church, while others are more wired to be workers. While all of us are called to worship God, some of us are more inclined to do it through works while others are more inclined to do it through worship. And with God, both count as acts of service. The psalmist said, “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” (Psalm 134:1-2). Note the words “servants of the Lord”. How were they serving Him? Through worship.
Martin Luther in the catechism says that we should “pray, praise and give thanks that we might glorify God.” And there are many ways to do it: “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me” (Psalm 50:23). Worship acts like a thermostat; it creates a climate in which God’s presence can be experienced and enjoyed. The Psalmist said: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2). What a benefits package! Forgiveness, healing, deliverance, and protection. How do we receive these benefits? Through worship. When we bless the Lord, He blesses us. So when you worship, you’re serving God.
Heavenly Father, help me remember that worship and my serving You by serving others is all worship of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.