READ Nehemiah 12:1-26
In the middle of this list of Levites who were returning to the city, we find a beautiful little nugget, one of those good traditions carried on from King David’s time on the throne. It is found in verse 24, “And the leaders of the Levites … and their associates, who stood opposite them to give praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as prescribed by David the man of God.”
What a beautiful display of the body of Christ working together! The singers were arranged in such a way that they could see each other face on. So one group would worship and give God glory while the other group watched on. As they watched their fellow worshippers, they would be so inspired they would then burst out in praise to God too. And so the infectious act of worship would quickly spread.
Doesn’t it still have the same effect? When someone in conversation is overflowing with praise to God for something he has done don’t you feel your spirit rise and soar? It’s a bit like when you see a crowd of people looking in a certain direction, you can’t help but look that way too to see what they are staring at. When you meet someone whose eyes are firmly fixed on God, you can’t help but lift your eyes too. And when you see him, everything changes.
What a great reminder of the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who are looking to God, who are pressing after him not settling for some religious comfort but desiring all he has for them and daily experiencing him.
And what an important mandate to become one of those people! I want to be a person whose company helps people to love God more. I want to carry an atmosphere of joyful worship over my life that lifts the heavy-laden and redirects the world’s focus to God himself. Don’t you? That is how the body of Christ is supposed to work, daily inspiring one another to love God more than they did the day before. Let’s be that church, because that is the church the world needs.
Lord, may my life inspire others to love you more. Amen.