Psalms 134

A song of ascents.

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.

Psalms 134 Commentary

Chapter 134

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.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Psalms 113:1; Psalms 135:1-2; Revelation 19:5
  • 2. S Numbers 16:9; S 1 Chronicles 15:2
  • 3. S 1 Chronicles 23:30; 1 Chronicles 9:33
  • 4. S Psalms 28:2; 1 Timothy 2:8
  • 5. Psalms 15:1
  • 6. Psalms 33:2; Psalms 103:1
  • 7. S Psalms 124:8
  • 8. S Leviticus 25:21; S Psalms 20:2; Psalms 128:5

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 134

\\<>\\. This is the last of the psalms called "songs of degrees"; of which \\see Gill on "Ps 120:1"\\, title. It is thought to be written by David, either when he brought the ark to Zion, 2Sa 6:17,18; or rather when he numbered the Levites, and appointed them their service, 1Ch 23:26,30. So the Syriac inscription, ``"a psalm" of David, concerning the priests, whom he appointed to wait on the ministry of the Lord in the nights; but, spiritually, an instruction of life.'' Aben Ezra connects it with the preceding psalm, ``as the dew of Hermon ye shall be that bless; behold, therefore, ye are bound to bless the Lord?''

Psalms 134 Commentaries