Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Nehemiah 9:5-6: The Levites - Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Serebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah - said, "Stand up and bless the Lord Your God! May You be blessed, O Lord our God, from age to age. May Your glorious name be blessed; may it be lifted up above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, along with all their multitude of stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You impart life to them all, and the multitudes of heaven worship you."
Now, try to say all those names three times fast. :-)
However, what's important is not who said it, it is what they said. The Levites are directing the people to worship and bless God. They are being encouraged to stand up, show honor, respect, and glory to God and bless Him for who He is and what He did.
So we are encouraged to stand up before God and bless who He is and what He has done. We therefore stand before God and bless Him. And how do we do that? Our passage gives us a hint as to one way. That is prayer. The Levites are praying to God a blessing for all that God has done. It is a prayer of adoration and praise for God's creative work on our behalf.
So in our prayers, let us bless the Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, bless the Lord who saved us from our sins and cleansed us from all unrighteousness, and bless the Lord who reminds us of all the wonderful things that He has done in all of our lives. And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.