Your wonderful peace
Only You can release
Is better than a fleece
On a snowy frigid day
So to You I come to say
Thank you God Almighty
For coming to me
And setting me free
From thoughts of alarm
Mighty is Your arm
I will bless Your Name
Give You glory and fame
This is my aim

On & On

The day just goes on and on,
the day is half gone.
It seems like it should be more,
this whole morning has been a bore.
To me what’s attractive,
is to be totally active.
I need something stimulating to do,
it would benefit my mind too.
I don’t just want busy work,
nor to wear a pasted smirk.
It needs to be real,
so good I can feel.

Satisfaction *Neh. 8:13-18

On the first day of the seventh month, all the people spent all morning from daybreak to noon listening to God’s Word. That afternoon they celebrated with great joy because now they understood God’s Word, which was made known to them. (Neh. 8:1-7) Now, on the second day, the heads of each family met with Ezra, the Scribe, to put into action what they heard the day before. When they began to follow God’s Word, the whole community celebrated and there was great joy amongst them.
Many people think it’s a burden to follow God’s Word. All they see is what they can’t do. They see God’s Word as “obey”, or no fun; can’t do anything good. This kind of thinking is a plain and simple lie straight from the devil.
Doing what God requires brings satisfaction, purpose in life, peace of mind, peace in heart, and joy. “Obeying” God’s Word brings us into His Presence where blessings flow. There will always be struggles and hardships because we live in a sinful world, however Jesus said, “It’s how you go through life.” His peace and joy we can have no matter what we go through in life. You can have His peace and joy if Jesus is Lord of your life. Very simple. Repent of your sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to make Himself known to you. Jesus will and then you will have purpose and direction, healing, peace, joy, etc. as you follow Him. With Jesus all things are possible.

One Accord *Neh. 8:7-12

God’s people gathered together to hear the Word of God. Men and women were in one accord listening intently with a prostrate heart before YHWH. They were so excited to hear the Book of the Torah. They stood in reverence for 5-7 hours just to hear God’s Word. As the people listened intently their hearts were convicted of the sins they had committed before the Lord their God. They were so grieved in spirit and heart that they wept and mourned as they listened. Grievous were their sins.
With repentance comes forgiveness, a cleansing, healing, joy and peace. The people were grieve over their own sins and the sins committed by their community that they were told several times, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.” Then the people were told, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
When repenting from sin before God – forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and joy take place. It is now time to celebrate the goodness of God. “Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.”
Note: The people had great joy because they had heard the Torah and understood what the Holy Scriptures meant. Thus, they could live by God’s Word.
God is the same always, so these truths hold true for us. If we go to God and seek Him, listen to His Word, He will reveal our sin, so we can repent – He can forgive and cleanse us. Then God wants us to think about His goodness and celebrate our liberation with joy and peace. Only YHWH could/can do this- for it is He who gives His people joy and peace internally. I’m not talking about external joy. Only He, who is, can do this. Mighty and glorious is He. Praise the Name YHWH!