“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] Holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of The LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
It is God’s Will for His children to be joyful. Today, celebrations have become a way of life. Many towns have at least one festival per year. There are arts festivals, cherry festivals and music festivals! The church calendar also includes important celebrations such as Christmas and Easter.
In our passage for today, we read that Nehemiah told the people to celebrate when the wall around Jerusalem had been completed. A description of the Feast of Tabernacles follows (see Nehemiah 8:13-18). They devoted this time to the Lord by reading and teaching from the Book of the Law of God. However, we do not have to wait for a Feast of Tabernacles to receive teaching from the Word or to celebrate our Faith.
Every Sunday is a day of celebration as we celebrate the Glory of the Lord by gathering in His House. Spend your Sundays in such a way that they are truly devoted to God. Remember that every church service is an occasion to celebrate and to glorify the Name of the Lord.
The joy of the Lord is my strength. It is both a shield and a weapon to me in Jesus Name, Amen.