“Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.”
We’ve made it. We have reached the mountain peak of Christian experience. Worshipping the Lord and adoring His presence. Once we were in the tents of Kedar and the land of Mesech (Psalm 120). Away from God and desperate for a change. God has proven Himself as our deliverer, our sustainer, and master. As we look back on the experience we gain a heart of gratitude and praise. The Lord has been our helper and is well deserved of our praise.
Now we know that this doesn’t last forever in this lifetime. That is what heaven will be filled with. Everlasting worship of our God. But for now we must are like the Israelite pilgrims and return. Life calls us back to work, school. Sometimes it calls us to the hospital or the funeral home. Maybe we are called to the bank or somewhere else where life pulls us back down. Yes, we don’t have to return to the plains of sin but our heightened experience fades like the glory off of Moses face (2 Cor. 3:7-18). But don’t fret. God will call us back to the mountain in another season of life. Another festive occasion will rise in our hearts that will fill our mouth with praise to the Almighty.
This is true worship. Not only in those blessed moments in our discipleship where the Lord brings us through a long time of discipline to a mountain of release and praise. But, also, in every service to which we gather with our brothers and sisters of the faith. God call us to worship and we come in with thanksgiving. It’s a conversation with God. God blesses us or delivers and we respond with praise. He then speaks a word of admonition, of conviction, of guidance to us and respond again by saying, “Yes, Lord, I will obey.” Yet, nothing gets done in the world if we remain in the house. So the Lord sends us back out again with His blessing to do His.
In the world and in ourselves the Lord has a work to be done. He will continue to mold us in the pilgrimage to those mountain top experiences. Those are the rewards for allowing the Lord to labor in our life to bring about change.