Nehemiah 11:17… “And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun” (KJV). What a great verse. If you investigate the name meanings more closely, you can extrapolate the meaning: “A man anointed and gifted and who had the mind of the Lord for the service, exhorted the people to be vessels poured out before God. If you want God to service your desolation, give God praise.”
The first half of this verse talks about a man who was the “principal” to begin the thanksgiving and prayers. The word “principal” means “the one in the forefront.” The middle of the verse talks about being vessels poured out before God. The last part of the verse suggests that if you want your hurts healed, if you want the Lord to touch you, give praise to God.
I am reminded of Psalm 69:30-33 that teaches if you are depressed, hurting, sick, or oppressed (the word “humble” as used here in v. 32 means this). “Learn this truth,” David is saying. “Praising God and magnifying His name with thanksgiving will cause God to listen to the cry of your heart.” Moffatt’s translation reads, “The Eternal listens to a life in need.” When does He listen? When you are worshipping and your mouth is praising Him. Psalm 68:35 from the NASB reads, “O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!” Psalm 66:2 reads, “Sing the glory of His Name; Make His praise glorious.”
Make His praise glorious. Make His praise glorious today… tonight… and on Sunday morning…
Pastor George Belobaba
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