“Not now, Nicholas! Pop-Pop’s sleeping.” My grandsons, Nicholas and Christian, are early risers. That can be dangerous, considering they enjoy beating on anything from sun-up to sun-down. Before they go to bed, I remind them they cannot come out of their room until it’s light outside. The last time they spent the night Nicholas started drumming on his bedpost at 6:00 a.m. Ugh! Who needs an alarm clock? When he really wants me to join his party, he yells, “Dance, Mommo! Dance!”
That reminds me of a time of celebration in Nehemiah 8:13 – 18. The people of God brought out the Book of the Law of Moses and had Ezra, the scribe, read it. They realized how far from God they had wandered. Nehemiah told them not to sorrow but to rejoice, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Their celebration, The Feast of the Tabernacles, lasted eight days. The tabernacles were booths or huts made of various tree branches. The people sat under the booths and rejoiced, remembering how Joshua and their ancestors had set up tents during their years of traveling to the Promised Land, conquering giants along the way.
Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come. God desires that we count our blessings. He decrees a party, a time of celebration!
I want to share two memory verses to encourage you today:
The first is Psalm 27:5, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
The second is Psalm 91:1-2, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I will trust.”
Let’s join together and make Our God big! He is our Tabernacle! Let us remember, rejoice and be glad in Him! Are you with me?
For next week, read Nehemiah 9:1-8 and answer these questions as you study, using the GROW METHOD, G: God 1st-Pray; R: Read the passage; O: Observe key words and phrases; and W: Write your thoughts.
1. What happened on the 24th day?
2. How did they honor God?
Until next time, let us remember what God his done through Jesus Christ and celebrate His goodness!