August 22 – Bless the Lord from Everlasting to Everlasting

Celebrate with me one more time, lifting high our great God as we bless His holy name! This was a meaningful time for all who were present as God’s Story continued to unfold.  Levites joined together and prayed: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”  People recited pages of God’s faithfulness throughout history and everyone at the gathering swore an oath to commit themselves to follow God.

Oh how I wanted this time of dedicated celebration to be what His people focused on during the four hundred-year silence between the Old and New Testaments.  But sadly, God’s dearly loved and chosen people drifted into neglecting Him and in time they were again living in their self-centered rebellious ways.  This tragic shift did not happen overnight but it happened. How easy it would have been, and justified too, for God to have let mankind go on down the road to destruction. Praise be to God; He does not leave us in our sin, but through His Son Jesus He offers hope upon hope when we turn to Him.

Nehemiah 9:5b-6 NIV