QT – Nehemiah 12

Vs. 27, “At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.” The walls were completed, the people moved in and now it was a time for celebration! They celebrated on the walls for that was a testimony to God’s protection. As I was reading the specific details of dedication…it it just awesome to comprehend. I hope God will show us a replay of some of these events that transpired in the Bible! I wonder what the music and choir sounded like…it must have been so beautiful! The enemy tried to keep these walls down, but God’s people endured and prevailed!

Regarding application…Being Heard. Vs. 43, “And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.” There was so much rejoicing that the rest of the surrounding land heard from far away. This reminds me of when A.J. was telling me she could hear fireworks going off every night at her school in Chapman. Chapman is close to Disneyland…and so all neighborhood gets to hear it and some see it every night. The fireworks at Disney is a celebration as all the tourists get to put a final exclamation point on a magical day at Disney. There’s a good chance that some of the neighbors of Disney probably don’t like to hear all the commotion and noise every night. But the point is…everyone is so happy at Disney that they can’t help but celebrate. If we could harness even a small amount of rejoicing and awe at our churches every Sunday, than perhaps the world would hear and be intrigued to see what causes such joy.