An exhortation to bless the Lord.
- We must stir up ourselves to give glory to God, and encourage ourselves to hope for mercy and grace from him. It is an excellent plan to fill up all our spare minutes with pious meditations, and prayers and praises. No time would then be a burden, nor should we murder our hours by trifling conversation and vain amusements, or by carnal indulgences. We need desire no more to make us happy, than to be blessed of the Lord. We ought to beg spiritual blessings, not only for ourselves, but for others; not only, The Lord bless me, but, The Lord bless thee; thus testifying our belief that there is enough for others as well as for us, and showing our good will to others.
Psalms 134:1-3 . 1, 2. The pilgrim bands arriving at the sanctuary call on the priests, who
stand in the house of the Lord--at the time of the evening sacrifice, to unite in praising God in their name and that of the people, using appropriate gestures, to which the priests reply, pronouncing the Mosaic blessing which they alone could pronounce. A fit epilogue to the whole pilgrim-book, Psalms 120-134.
by night--the evening service ( Psalms 141:2 ), as opposed to morning ( Psalms 92:2 ).
2. Lift up your hands--(Compare Psalms 28:2 ).
3. After the manner directed ( Numbers 6:23 ).
out of Zion--the Church, as His residence, and thus seat of blessings. Thus close the songs of degrees.