To Servants and Ministers

“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” (Psalm 135:1-3).

Do these words strike you as odd? I’m not talking about the encouragement to “praise the LORD,” that seems almost common. But did you notice this encouragement is directed at ministers and servants  who work “in the house of the Lord?”

Are these wasted words? I mean, do ministers and servants need to be told to praise the LORD? Can’t we just assume those devoted to kingdom work will be singing praises along the way?

As one who serves and ministers in the courts of the house of our God, I can tell you these words are not wasted, but are sorely needed.  Truth is, it is easy to be so caught up in the service, the ministry, the work in God’s house that the praise fades away until eventually the songs cease. And when that happens, it is not along until the ministry dries up, too.

I need these words. I need to hear them loud and clear.

Today and everyday, I need to praise the LORD as I minister and serve.

Ministry is much more meaningful, even pleasant, when it grows out of praise.