Daily Archives: December 10, 2015

Nehemiah 7-9; Psalm 140; Revelation 7

He gets the praise.

Old Testament (Nehemiah 7-9), Ezra takes the scriptures out to read to a waiting, attentive crowd. He reads of the things that God has done, of God’s faithfulness, of God’s love, of God’s mercy. God’s word is living and powerful.

Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

11 And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.” 12 So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them. Nehemiah 8:9-12, NLT.

He gets the praise.

Then the leaders of the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed:

“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!

“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:5-6, NLT.

David, low, I listen as he petitions the throne of grace. He lays it all out to a God he can trust.

He gets the praise.

Surely righteous people are praising your name;
    the godly will live in your presence. Psalm 140:13, NLT

In Revelation, the crowd. I wait in wonder.

And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
    and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
    will give them shelter.
16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
    they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
17 For the Lamb on the throne
    will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:11b-17, NLT

God gets the praise.

Father God, every word of your book speaks of who you are and what you can do. I praise you for who you are, thankful that you are true and just, merciful and loving, powerful and strong. I can open my heart to you and trust you with it. I can give you my life and know it’s precious in your hands.

Courtney (66books365)


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