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Day 41 – Issue 38

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Nehemiah 12.27 NLT

‘For the dedication of the new wall of Jerusalem, the Levites throughout the land were asked to come to Jerusalem to assist in the ceremonies. They were to take part in the joyous occasion with their songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.’

God’s people have always loved celebrating! The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was an incredibly significant moment and we are given a wonderful picture of the people’s celebrations. The Levites had the leading responsibility for worship and so they were brought into Jerusalem from all over the country for this special moment. There was a wide range of musical instruments from trumpets and harps to lyres and cymbals, and Nehemiah organised the singers into two choirs who walked in different directions around the walls of the city. Nobody was left out. It must have been a great deal of fun.

The whole Bible is punctuated with times of exuberant worship. It is no surprise that when John received his vision of heaven it was in the form of the most amazing wedding banquet. John records, “I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” (Revelation 19.1) It is wonderful that we have our own personal experiences of God but we need to be continually aware that we are part of something much, much bigger. As we live for God today we may not see any other Christian but the praise that we offer is part of a great chorus of worship that

is arising to God from all over the world. When we break bread and remember Jesus’ death on the Cross, we are united with every single Christian – from those who have recently found salvation, to those who are slipping away from this life. There are times when, sadly, it is impossible to meet with other Christians because of personal circumstances or illness. However, in such moments we need to remember that great multitude with whom we are completely united through our love for God. In an amazing way we stand today in unity with Nehemiah and the people as they offered their noisy, enthusiastic worship long ago.

QUESTION: In what ways does God bless you when you worship with other people?

PRAYER: Great God of Wonders, we worship you and thank you for uniting us with all your people in every time and place. Amen

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