Because God Had Given Them Great Joy
“Rejoicing because God had given them great joy.” (Nehemiah 12:43)
The rebuilding of the wall aournd Jerusalem was more than a great accomplishment under the administration of Nehemiah; it was a restoration of worship, a re-establishment of priestly and Levitical order and it represented the restoration of Israel’s security from her enemies. The ministering Priests and Levites, the singers and gatekeepers were restored to their passions, positions and callings to minister before the Lord in the Temple. Hope was restored. The people regained a sense of place as well as a renewed vitality and zeal. They celebrated the favor of God on them to complete the work and His intervention throughout the process to sustain and defend them when fears, threats, discouragement and weariness weighed them down.
And they celebrated in no small way. Indeed they pulled out all the stops. Not just one, but two large choirs, an orchestra, a host of trumpets, a grandiose procession with shouts of joy, singing, and great sacrifices. This was a terrific celebration.
God wants to rebuild the walls of our lives that have fallen down because of sin, the brokenness in our hearts that has resulted from the injuries and offences we’ve suffered from friends or foes or those we loved and trusted, the discouragements that have weighed us down because of financial, relational or physical stresses and losses.
Whatever the need in our lives God wants to restore us to wholeness to a deep abiding joy and give us a cause for celebration.
“Father, in the name of Jesus, thank You for Your love for us that sees beyond our brokenness and the wounds of sin and human frailty. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to rebuild the walls of our lives and restore us to our higher calling and place as kings and priests to You, our God. Thank You for the assurance of knowing we can celebrate our restored relationship with You in songs, and music with unrestrained joy. Lord, teach us to order our lives in such a way that we continually remain open to Your transforming, restoring work of redemption and salvation. To the praise of Your glorious grace, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.”
Nehemiah 12:27—13:31; 1 Corinthians 11:3—16; Psalm 35:1—16; Proverbs 21:17—18