Now came the moment to dedicate the wall. What an enormous joyous celebration was planned and carried out! The exiled captives were restored to their land. Furthermore, their faith and dedication to God was restored. Order established in their land through just laws, tax reform, and immigration reform. Law officers and the military reestablished to guard and protect their citizens. The temple (church) once more held a place of honor, the choir of singers with their orchestra haled the worship. Once more they could stand proud as a nation, unashamedly; because, God was on their side. The corruption within their government had been abolished and they could trust the leadership; because, of their covenant with God. All symbolized in the wall that God had commanded Nehemiah to build.
Since the time of David, there had not been a joyous celebration of this magnitude. Their love for God and praise for all He had down could be heard throughout the lands. “Also, that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off” (Nehemiah 12:43).
JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF SONGS
“And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron” Nehemiah 12:47.
Nothing can raise the spirit quite like music of praise and worship. Our music is very important. For the children of Israel, their music was filled with history as well; reminders of where they came from and how God had brought them out by His grace. Never did they want to forget their history; because, it reminded them as a nation of their own failures toward God and how He brought them back into full fellowship with Him. If they forget their history; they would more likely repeat their failures again.
Haven’t we all done that. I know I am more likely to falter and sin; when, I forget my sins of the past and how easily they slipped into my heart. Oh, I don’t mean to dwell on my past failures; but, to remain diligent to recognize the earliest whispers that could draw me aside.
Also, note the people knew the importance of having these singers and musicians, providing provision for them. Perhaps, we should consider that before disbanding our military bands and singers. They bring the spirit of patriotism back into focus in our hearts and spirits.
Dedicate the Wall
The wall stood as a symbol that they had been restored as a nation and that God would be their protector. It stood as a symbol to all the nations of the world; detouring them from attacking the city of Jerusalem nor the surrounding villages. Precisely, why such an enormous joyous celebration to dedicate the wall. Once more they were a nation under God, protected, secured, with national pride, integrity, and faith. That was a lot.
CONCLUDING TWEETSWe must remember our sins of the past, lest we forget the stumbling block we fell over. Click To Tweet Songs of praise worship & celebration remind us who we are: One Nation under God Click To Tweet Never did they want to forget their history; reminder of their failures & God's Grace Click To Tweet
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