When the returning Jews finished repairing the temple, they had a celebration. Ezra describes the scene in Ezra 3:11.
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord,
“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”
And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
How does this scene speak to us today?
- We see our response to God is to be spontaneously one of praise and thanks. What is your reaction when God uses you to accomplish the big and little things in your life? Is you response one of praise and thanksgiving giving God the credit?
- We see that Ezra led them to praise God for who He is, His character. Ezra knew that all good things come from God and being good is innate within His character, it is part of Him. He also knew that God was always steadfast- unwavering, in His love for His people. In Old Testament times, His people were the Jews who loved and obeyed His commandments and believed that He was their God. Today, His people are all believers and followers of Jesus. Through faith in Jesus we become members of His family and belong to Him.
- Ezra knew that any foundation in this life must be placed upon something solid and unwavering. God is that foundation and provides a place for our steadfast devotion and love that will result in bringing glory to Him. Is your faith place in Jesus? Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” He also wrote in 2 Timothy 2:19 “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” Is Jesus your solid foundation?
I pray that today you can thank and praise God for who He is and what He has done for you. Let His praise and thanksgiving be on your lips. Think about where you are building your life and whether you are on solid ground with Jesus or on sinking sand-the world and all its values.
Have a blessed day filled with praise.