The last 14 psalms have been Psalms of Ascent, which were sung as the weary pilgrims made their way up the long long climb to Jerusalem, anticipating the joy of worshipping in the house of the Lord. What a feeling when the city was glimpsed in the distance, and people knew they were getting closer!
Psalm 135 is the first of the Temple Psalms, which would be sung at worship when the Pilgrims finally arrived.
For us, August 2 is that destination – the date when we can again gather for worship at Zion. What will be our psalm of joy?
Praise the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.
you call us to love and serve you
with body, mind, and spirit
through loving your creation
and our sisters and brothers.
Open our hearts in compassion
and receive these petitions
on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.
(Add your own prayers here, concluding with:)
hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards
of the fragile bounty of this earth
so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.