Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
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. Nehemiah 9.6
This verse is at the beginning of a prayer that was prayed by the remnant of Levites that were in Jerusalem at the time of Nehemiah. Nehemiah had gone to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall that had been destroyed by a conquering nation which had led most of the people away into captivity. Now, many years later, he had returned to Jerusalem and had led the efforts to rebuild the wall.
Upon completing the wall, the people asked Ezra, the scribe, to read the book of the law of Moses. From dawn until noon, he read from the scroll to the men, women and children who were old enough to understand, Nehemiah 8.3. The people were eager to hear the book of the law. Ezra stood on a towering wooden platform to read from the book. When he opened the book to read, the people stood up and remained standing, Nehemiah 8.5. There were other Levites present who also read from the book of God’s law, explaining it and imparting insight so the people could have an understanding of what was being read, Nehemiah 8.7, 8.
It makes one wonder if the same enthusiasm can be found today among God’s people. Would it be considered tiresome to stand for literally hours to hear God’s word read? Christians are blessed to have the word of God readily available. They can read it comfortably sitting in their own home. How enthusiastic are you about reading God’s word?