Nehemiah 12:37 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.
A procession of the company that gave thanks went up the stairs of the city of David. There will be another procession someday. The procession of the saints up to be with Christ. I discern that the thankful will be in this coming assembly. What does it mean to be thankful? To be thankful is to be contented. To be thankful is to see the good hand of God in all dealings. To be thankful is to appreciate the daily grace of God upon our lives. We fell we ought to thank God for the rare deliverance from a pressing disaster, but God wakes us up in the morning. He makes the sun to rise, the air we breathe and even the dew that drops come from Him. Have we thanked Him that when we open our eyes we see …or that we can hear the birds singing.
Rather than thank God, we dwell on our fleshly desires. We pant for what God has given another and strive to outdo each other … we worry and seek for things we do not have. God knows us well, and He who clothes the flowers and the lilies in the valley knows exactly how we should be cared for…
There is a grace to be thankful to God, that causes us to never forget that if it had not been the Lord on our side …we would have been finished.
Gratitude is the hallmark of God’s jewels. Parading the thankful, singing praises before Him gives God far more pleasure than most would think. Nehemiah sought for a company that gave thanks and made them walk up the stairs …singing, thanking God or just being there assembled with a heart of thanksgiving … God hears even the songs in their heart that they do not sing.
Lev_22:29 And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will.
Verses for further meditation
Col 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:4
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Even in business, be grateful for God’s mercies … keep an attitude of thanksgiving before God. Many would love to be where you are. Stop complaining
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, may thanks never cease from my lips. Give me a thankful heart. Amen
As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.
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