Read: Nehemiah 9:5
Overwhelmed by the awesome and inexplicable power of God’s love, the people were encouraged by the priests to praise God. It is highly possible that their hymns of praise, like Charles Wesley, writing on the first anniversary of his conversion, echoed this thought: “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise; the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!”
What freedom believers experience when their sins are forgiven and their hearts are clear! Total praise demonstrates God’s presence in the life of the believer who then seeks ways to have the experience replicated in others. The psalmist understood this well as he extols God’s goodness and proclaims, “All of you faithful people, praise our glorious Lord! Celebrate and worship. Praise God with songs on your lips” (Psalm 149.5, 6).
What are some of the reasons the people’s hearts are turned toward God?
In what ways are you celebrating the awesome power of God’s Word? How would you express your feelings in words? Consider participating in the devotion this week in your place of worship or in a small group. Pray: God has done great things for me. I will praise his holy name.