How do you respond to something that went well? How about something big you just accomplished? I often take a big breath in relief or admire the awesome outcome or take a nap. It varies. But I generally want to admire the work and invite someone to come admire it with me. I’ll tell what I usually don’t do: break out in song. But the Israelites did when they finished rebuilding the wall in the book of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah 12:27 At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.
“We just finished a huge construction project. Let’s have a praise party!” And a praise party they had. Rather than walking around the city and admiring their work, they got a band and a choir together and praised on it. They got their praise on! They did more than gather in the middle of the city and say a quick prayer of thanks. Literally, they walked around the entire wall and praised over it. Some of them even praised on the wall.
What’s remarkable to me was the decision to take the time to praise God. Even more, they praised Him for every square inch of their success. They had prayed to Him for the provision and safety of this project and now they were praising Him for it’s completion. We should be doing the same thing in our own lives. Has God come through for you? Praise Him. Has He answered your prayer? Praise Him. Start singing, grab some cymbals, lift your voice. Praise Him for what He has done. Give Him the credit. Rather than admire the work, admire the one who made that work happen.
Get your praise on, people!