Ezra 3:1, 3 NIV 2011
When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem…Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on the foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord…
After living in exile under the Babylonians, guided by God the Israelites returned to Judah. They were eager to again live in their land. They were delighted to be home and ready to rebuild the temple to the Lord. After their years in captivity they knew they needed to worship the Lord. Their corporate worship would once again strengthen and give success to the Israelites. Fearing the people surrounding their homeland would be replaced with faith in the Lord as they offered sacrifices to Him. The Lord is the source of strength and help for those who worship Him alone.
When gone for an extended period of time I can’t count the times I’ve said, “it’s so good to be home!” Not gone as long as the Israelites, the feeling is probably much the same. Their worship of the Lord began as soon as possible. That’s something I do on a regular basis. There are times when I let the world around me get in the way of worship, but not for long. Like the Israelites, I can worship any time knowing He strengthens and helps me.
What drives you to worship the Lord daily?
Thankful God strengthens and helps,