Putting God's Word into Practice…

Notes from Nehemiah (Chapter 11:1-12:26)

on December 18, 2014

There’s nothing like reading a huge list of unfamiliar names to get your early morning off to a vibrant start!  Who needs Frosted Flakes!!  (A little coffee, though, helps!)  It also helps to slow down and remember that EVERY WORD of Scripture is profitable–even the lists of names. (2 Timothy 3:16)

People matter to God.  He knows every name and every purpose.  He knows where each person lives and what family we belong to. Acts 17:26 says, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”  Not only does He know our times and places, but He established them.  All the names and generations represented in this text are valuable to God.  And YOU, my friend, are too!  He knows your name!  He knows the family you were born into.  He sees you!  He knows where you live and why He created you to live there!  Your life has purpose!

Praise matters to God.  As I was reading these verses, the words, “Praise,” “Give thanks,” and “singers” stood out to me as repeated themes.  (11:17, 22-23, 12:24)  God set apart families who were responsible to lead praise and thanksgiving daily.  Leaders who kept the people’s hearts tuned to God were a vital part of the community. In chapter 10, we learned that ingratitude was at the core of rebellion.  We are not naturally bent towards praise and gratitude, so God helps us!  We may not know any Levites or have real people who lead us to praise and thank the Lord daily, but we have access to any song, any time thanks to the internet, Pandora, Spotify, etc…I encourage you to put on some music today and sing your heart out to God. Even if it’s beautiful to no one else, it is to Him.  And, He is singing over you right now! “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; HE WILL EXULT OVER YOU WITH LOUD SINGING!” (Zephaniah 3:17)

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