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Tuesday, July 21 2009
The opening 26 verses of Nehemiah gives the "who's, who" of the priesthood.  Although, there is some significance to this, I want to concentrate on the second and third parts of this chapter. 

When we look at verse 27, we read...

And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.

Nehemiah understood the importance of thanksgiving and praise.  It was during the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem that he appointed two choirs to give thanks in the house of God...

40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God...

A leader must first understand his purpose.  As a pastor and leader, is it my purpose to grow this biggest church or build the biggest building?  I believe I have the vision to grow the church, but my ultimate purpose is to preach the gospel and create an atmosphere to "entertain" the presence of God.  It is the presence of God that changes lives not church programs, great music or oratorical preaching.  Nehemiah understood the importance of the presence of God because he knew that praise and thanksgiving was the key to entering into His presence.  Psalms 100:4 states...

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

In the dedication service, Nehemiah insured that God was invited.  We have no purpose without God because He is the essential element to all that we do. It is apparent that God visited Jerusalem that day...

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

The third part of Nehemiah 12, Nehemiah put in place the system to take care of the ministry.  He wrote....

4
And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

The Biblical principles found in Nehemiah are as important to those of that time as they are today.  We need to care for the ministry and understand the importance of praise and thanksgiving.  Nehemiah was a fantastic leader that through vision and the hand of God accomplished what was thought by many to be impossible, but we know the Word states in Luke 1...

37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.


Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 09:44 am   |  Permalink   |  Email