Putting God's Word into Practice…

Notes from Nehemiah (Chapter 9-Part 1)

on December 12, 2014

Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. ( A good indicator the day was about God and not them…How often we “dress to impress” when it comes to meeting together! If there was dirt on our heads, we would want to wash it off!) And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day (that’s 3 hours of Bible reading)  for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God (that’s another 3 hours)(9:1-3)  The Word of God is useful in pointing out what needs confessing. It helps us to pray and to praise!

“Stand up and bless the LORD your God.” (9:5b) 

  • Everlasting
  • Glorious name
  • Exalted above all
  • The only Lord
  • Creator and Preserver of all
  • Promise Keeper
  • Righteous
  • God who sees
  • Performer of signs and wonders
  • Protector
  • Leader/guide
  • Light giver
  • God who speaks
  • Provider
  • Thirst-quencher
  • Ready to forgive
  • Gracious
  • Merciful
  • Slow to anger
  • Abounding in steadfast love
  • Does not forsake
  • Sustainer
  • Defender
  • Giver
  • Great goodness
  • God who disciplines
  • God who hears
  • Deliverer
  • Forbearing
  • Mighty and awesome
  • Faithful

Throughout their prayer, they traced their history with God and found His character woven in every part of their ancestry.  They recognized all the ways He walked through life with them and praised Him!

What can you praise Him for today?

“Stand up and bless the Lord your God!”

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