Focus verses: Nehemiah 12:27-43
The rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem marks the beginning of a new era in the life of the children of Israel. They have been in exile in a foreign land and have returned to their homeland. True, they are still under the rule of a foreign king, but he has allowed them the temple and temple worship.
The completion of the wall is cause for great celebration. Choirs and musicians paraded around the wall in opposite directions, ending at the temple.
The people brought the tithes into the storehouse to fill it. And the book of Moses was read again.
The book of Moses was their law – their bible.
We don’t have to wait for a public celebration to read the Book of God’s Laws. We have access to the Bible at all times. Many of us have several different translations of the Bible available to us. There is the “original” King James, the New International Version, the New American Standard Bible, the Amplified, and the list goes on. They range from The Message, which is more nearly paraphrase than translation, to Young’s Literal Translation, which reads a little awkwardly because it is word for word.
We have these riches and this cause for joy at our fingertips. A morning begun with reading the Book of God is a cause for celebration. God’s mercies are new every morning.
He wants us to begin each day with Him as a clean slate, trusting Him for this day and not worrying about tomorrow or fretting over yesterday.
Help us to see each day as a new beginning with You. Let us leave our confessed sins in Your hands. Remind us that we are not promised tomorrow. Keep us on the faithful path, just for today.