When I think of the goodness of Jesus
And all He has done for me
My very soul shall shout
Praise God for saving grace
It has not always been like this
For I kept beating myself up
For all the lies I had believed
The dumb things I have said
The wicked way I had acted
Believing the lies gave me nothing to work with
I was tossed here and there by every wind of doctrine
Until the Lord in His mercy stepped in
He got my attention when my back was to the wall
Boxed in at every side with nowhere to turn
I lifted up my eyes unto the hills
I cried out for mercy and He heard me
He reached down to lift me up
He held me close and soothe my pain
Reassuring me He will never leave nor forsake
All those who put thier trust in Him
Rejoice therefor and be glad
Sing a new song to the Lord of our Salvation
To Him who was, who is and who is to come
Glory, honor, and adoration belongs to you
In Nehemiah 8 – Ezra the Priest brought the Law before the assembly, made up of men and women and all those who were able to understand. He read it aloud from day break till noon. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
As the ceremony began, everyone stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen”. Excitement was high until the words that were been read made sense. When the Levites explained what was been read clearly, giving it meaning for all to understand. The people must have realized how rebellious they had been, for their countenance changed and they became sad. Their understanding birth reflection.
So have I been each time the Lord shows me another of my flaws, in my character, speech, interactions and reaction to others. Friends, as our hearts are been transformed by the renewing of our minds by the word of God, we will be saddened here and there by what we see of our true self.
However, the Lord has gone ahead to tell us in Nehemiah 8:9 “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. 10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
This means that , when we notice our errors, flaws and mistakes, we should actually celebrate, for it means the word of God is actually profiting our soul, it is a time of jubilation. It means that we are growing, we are understanding The Word, and it is transforming us from within! We are beginning to take root downwards, and bear good fruit upwards.
Therefor friends, celebrate your salvation, celebrate the fact that you are living to make as many mistakes as you have made! Celebrate the fact that all is working out, a plan, a purpose for God’s glory. Your mistakes are been transformed to a message for God’s people and His glory. Look deeply into the word and you will see a pattern of God’s great mercy and love in your life. Rejoice I say, rejoice in the Lord! You are highly favored.
Nehemiah 8:12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!