DAY 17 NEHEMIAH 11:25-12:26

17…who with his brothers was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving…brothers who stood opposite them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, watch by watch.

What a great job to be in charge of the “songs of thanksgiving”, or praise and thanksgiving. Apparently David – the man of God – and a singer/songwriter/musician had set up some kind of plan. There was to be in place “praise and thanks” to God, arising from the people.

The ESV says “watch by watch”. It reminds me of the third watch or the sixth watch we read about in the Scripture. These are hours of the day or night. Other translations say “division by division” or “ward next to ward.” So either hour by hour or one set of people to the next – David’s plan was to make a time and place for God to be remembered.

I am thinking about how praise songs are a powerful way to keep my heart aligned with God’s. They focus me on who He is and how much He has done for me. Plus – singing is contagious. Just try humming Amazing Grace as you go through the grocery store. You’ll be surprised how many “innocent bystanders” will have the tune in their head all the live long day!

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3

So, here we go…Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…


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