Gladness and worship

Nehemiah 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.

Nehemiah and his people have done a great work. They are now going to have a dedication service. Notice two very important factors; one they brought the Levites to Jerusalem, not just any Levites but the ones who were the musicians, two they wanted their to be thanksgiving and singing with instruments.

If God has given you with a musical talent you should understand that you have a gift that is a very important part of His worship. I love how we see that they were Levites first. That is they were men of God. They were raised and trained and prepared to serve God. Your character, your “be” level is very important if you are going to take part in the music of the worship service.

Did you also notice that there are lots of musical instruments, cymbals, and lots of stringed instruments?

Did you notice that the music was a happy music? They brought them so that they could keep the dedication with gladness.

Did you notice that the spiritual people with musical abilities were sought out? They looked for them. They brought them to the service so that it could be a happy time. They must have sung happy music.

The music had something to do with the excitement in the service. I hope that if you have musical ability, can sing or play that you will dedicate it to the Lord.

Did you notice that thanksgiving was a major part of the dedication?

Can I say it seems planned that they would sing and thank God publicly and with gladness? Will you come to church with that attitude the next service? Will you sing, praise and thank God with all that is within you?

It seems that in this dedication service that gladness and worship were very connected!

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