Nehemiah 12: How Much Should We Praise?
In Nehemiah 12, we find out that the people of Jerusalem are having another party to glorify God. This time they want to dedicate everything that had been done to God, so they brought everyone into make this celebration happen.
Neh 12:27 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.
I like these people. They will have a party for any reason, but the great part is that they are not just throwing the party to praise themselves. They are throwing the parties to praise God.
Neh 12:43 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.
These were intricate celebrations, and I kind of wonder if we need to have a similar attitude of praise. I’m not necessarily saying that we need to get all of our friends together and have a giant party, but if you look at the people, they were simply excited to praise God whenever they had the opportunity.
What if we took this mindset into our lives every day? When I think about all the possible ways that we are blessed every day, we could be praising around the clock. How long then do you think that God wants us to be praising?
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
What a coincidence. God wants us to be praising at every opportunity kind of like it seems like the people of Jerusalem were throwing giant parties to praise God at every opportunity. He has done so much for all of us that it only makes sense to show our thankfulness through praise.