Nehemiah 8
A 7-day worship service!

The first 6 chapters of Nehemiah were about a physical rebuild of the wall (reconstruction), the
second part of the book all about spiritual reformation, re-instruction in the word and re-establishing
lost identity in who they were meant to be as a people of God. The people at this point were in a
spiritual vacuum.

We can have all the appearances and trappings of spirituality: buildings, leadership, strategies, using
the right language in our prayers, all the biblical intelligence, we can have our walls up, but have little
spiritual vibrancy.

To know the presence and the power of God is to be full of Jesus again is to love him with all we are
again, and is to live obediently in Him. The fruit of a Christian living obediently in Christ is being attentive to
the Holy Spirit, engaged in the word, being in prayer and in regular fellowship, and growing in
Christ.

Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen!
Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground (Nehemiah 8:6)
What led to such a response of being prostrate before God in worship? They realised how far away
from God they were, that they were spiritually dry, they were conscious of how absent of and from
God they were.

When we genuinely offer our dryness, our weakness and our emptiness to God, what happens?
(Read Psalm 23). He is my shepherd, he leads me beside still waters, he refreshes my soul, in him my
cup overflows

When was the last time we wept when confronted with a truth from the scriptures when the Holy
Spirit showed us something and we realised at that moment how dry and distant we might be? When
was the last time we allowed the enormity of Jesus’ sacrifice for us to impact our lives, today? Our
answer to these is our response in worship.

The word of God was being preached by Ezra and people fell down in worship. Oh how we need the
Holy Spirit to break us free of ourselves, to be revived, to capture again the wonder, the majesty and
the beauty of all our Lord is and worship him!

If you are in a dry place with God, today is your day to set that right. God is right here and he wants
to refresh you!