A Song at Night

Psalm 134

An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 134

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Jesus said, "Thank you, Father, Master of *heaven and earth" (Matthew 11:25).

Psalm 134

  (This is) a song for climbing.

v1   Come, all you servants of the *LORD that stand in his house at night.
  And say good things to the *LORD.

v2   Lift up your hands to where he lives.
  And say good things to him.

v3   Say good things to the *LORD in Zion.
  He made the *heaven and the earth.

The story of Psalm 134

Perhaps the servants of the *LORD wrote this psalm when there were kings in Judah. Perhaps they wrote it after they came back from Babylon in 536 B.C. (B.C. means "years Before Christ came to the earth".) There were no kings then. 1 Chronicles 25 tells us that there were servants in Godís house all night. This psalm was for them. A note in Psalm 120 in this set explains "song for climbing".

What Psalm 134 means

We often translate "say good things" as "*bless". When God *blesses us it means that he does good things to us. When we *bless God, as in this psalm, we say good things to God. The psalm uses one of Godís other names, *LORD. *LORD is Godís covenant name. A covenant is when people agree to do something. Here, God agrees to send help to his people; they agree to love and obey him.

The house of the *LORD was the *temple at Jerusalem. *Zion is another name for Jerusalem. For Christians, "his house" means everywhere that we meet with Godís people. In verse 2, "to where he lives" means "to his home in *heaven". But "*heaven" in verse 3 means "all the stars and the sky".

Something to do

Sometimes, when you pray, lift up your hands to the *LORD. Many Christians do this.

Word List

bless ~ say or do good things.

covenant ~ two people have agreed what each should do (here, God and his people). Look in Psalm 120 for more about the covenant.

heaven ~ either Godís home, or the sky and stars.

LORD ~ Godís covenant name. A covenant is when people agree to do something. Here, God agrees to send help to his people; they agree to love and obey him.

temple ~ a place where people meet to *worship God.

worship ~ you tell someone that they are very great. And you tell them that you love them.

Zion ~ Jerusalem was on a mountain called Zion.

 

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This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).

January 2004

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