Ezra 3:11 (NKJV) And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: "For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel." Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
I am always amazed at people that can shout and scream at football games, and every other sporting event, but when they come to church, they are so quiet and look at other people who are praising God loudly like they are crazy. Yet when I look into the Bible, I see that God is happy when we shout and celebrate for Him!
We see in this verse that after the people laid the foundation to the temple, they got excited and they rejoiced! Every time we build something new for the Kingdom of God, we need to get excited too! Maybe it is a new facility at our home church, or a work overseas. Whatever it might be, we need to shout and praise God, because it goes against everything that the devil does not want to see done.
You see, the devil does not rejoice when we put an addition on a church. He does not get excited when we put a roof on a church overseas. No, he does not want the Kingdom of God to spread in our community or around the world. He wants Hollywood to spread, and sports to spread, and everything else that has no eternal value.
So make a decision that when you go to church, or when you hear of a new church plant going on, you rejoice and celebrate that God is on the move, and that people are going to be saved. Rejoice that lives and marriages will be restored, and that people will receive eternal life.
Remember, when Jesus is lifted up, He will draw all people onto Himself. So let us celebrate today that God’s Kingdom is on the move, and that we serve the One and only true God. Let us rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and that we will be in His presence soon, and we have the opportunity to bring many with us to heaven!
CONFESSION: Today, I choose to rejoice in my Father God, because His Kingdom is moving on this earth. Today, I rejoice because God is for me.
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2 Samuel 17