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Day 36 Tuesday, Mar. 31st

Nehemiah 8:1, 5-6

8 1 all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel.

 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

 

GATHERING FOR WORSHIP

It was not enough for the people of Jerusalem that their physical needs be met, but they had a renewed desire for spiritual restoration as well.  As their enemies previously acknowledged upon becoming disheartened over Jerusalem’s success in restoring the wall v6:16c, “… this work had been accomplished with the help of our [Israel’s] God” working through them and on their behalf.  Now, in the seventh month, the month of Tishri, a holy convocation is called.  The people call on Ezra the scribe, who had returned to the city some years prior, to bring and read the book of the Law of Moses in their hearing.  As Ezra took his place above the people, he began giving praise and honor to God.  And, as if their hearts had been ushered into a place of great gratitude, all those gathered began to bless the name of the Lord and worship Him.   Our worship is perhaps one of the greatest things that we can render unto God beyond our sacrifice and beyond our service. Through our worship we do not merely thank the Lord for what he has done or has enabled us to do, but we honor God simply and earnestly for whom he is.  In this moment, God's people were tapping into and connecting with what was essentially God's primary purpose in rebuilding the walls of the holy city. God's desire was to restore a holy people into right relationship him.  
  1. In what ways have you experienced or felt a need for spiritual renewal?
  2. What, for you, triggered the need and or made you aware of it?
  3. How are you presently feeding yourself spiritually?
  4. Do you respond to God in light of whom God is or what the Lord has done?
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LET US PRAY

Lord God, I worship you for who you are, and I give praise to you for all you have done to sustain me in the days, months, years and seasons gone by.  You have kept me under your care and wrapped me in your protective embrace.  Lord, thank you for seeing me through it all.  

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