True Worship!!!

Friday blessing N ehmiah 8 12

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Joy is In Understanding!!!

Nehemiah 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
Nehemiah 8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
Nehemiah 8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
Nehemiah 8:4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
Nehemiah 8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
Nehemiah 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Nehemiah 8:7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
Nehemiah 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
Nehemiah 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

Many people go to church every Sunday. Many go for their whole life and never truly experience the true, beautiful worship of God. In our modern society people no longer truly worships our Precious Lord. Most people have given their worship over to work (thier job), to play time whatever their favorite sport is or free time. They have become to worship celebrities, sports heros, ANYONE in the limelight.

Back in Nehemiah lets turn our attention to what the Jewish people did after the walls were rebuilt. They had spent basically two months in intense labor, working around the clock to rebuild the walls.
The wall is finished, but the real work has just begun. And God’s real purpose for the wall is just beginning. Thank God His people in Jerusalem did not have a ‘monument’ mentality. They didn’t see building the wall as the ultimate goal. They understood that what went on inside the walls was what really mattered. What will now happen inside was the reason the walls were built in the first place.
Once the wall was finished the people wanted to hear from God. They wanted to worship the one who had been with them as they had built the walls. They began to worship and they had an old fashioned Revival meeting.
All the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had given for Israel to obey.
Ezra the priest brought the Book of the Law before the assembly, which included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the LORD your God.” For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.

The Jewish people here are experiencing what is true worship.
The first thing we see here is that true worship involves a:
Longing for God’s word.
Nehemiah 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.

*True worship will always involve longing for God’s word.
*True worship will involve hearing from the one that we worship.
*Do you truly worship when you come to church.
*Do you long for God’s word to be read. Have you been longing for God’s word all week?

We must listen to God’s word as it is proclaimed and understand what it is God is saying to us.

*True worship, involves listening to God’s word being preached or taught.
*The children of Israel listened to God’s word.
* Lastly we see that if we are to experience true worship we must:
*Let God speak to you through His word.

Nehemiah 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

Nehemiah stepped in and said don’t be sad. God can cure your sadness.
*Yes we are convicted of our past and our sin but guess what.
*There is joy in knowing the Lord.
*The joy of the Lord is our strength.
*Knowing the Lord is our strength.
*In true worship, we know where our strength and our joy come from.
*They come from the Lord.
*They come from knowing the Lord.
*There is no greater worship service than one where there is joy in the Lord.
*In order to have this joy, In order to worship, we must allow God to speak to all of us through His word.
*Let his word convict and then let His comfort and bring us Joy.
* Do we have joy because we know Him?
*There is no greater joy on earth than knowing God has spoken to us through His word and we have responded in joy.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY
To God be the glory, great things he has done;
so loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that we may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory; great things he has done.
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory; great things he has done.
Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our gladness, when Jesus we see.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory; great things he has done.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl
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