“On the twenty-fourth day of this month the Israelites stood and confessed their sins, and they read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the Lord their God. Then the Levites said, ‘Stand up and bless the Lord your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. You chose Abram… You found his heart faithful before you, and made with him the covenant to give to his offspring the land. And you have kept your promise, for you are righteous. You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea, and performed signs and wonders… You divided the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on dry land… By a pillar of cloud you led them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go. You came down on Mount Sinai and gave them right rules and true laws. You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and you told them to go in to possess the land.
“But they refused to obey, and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. You sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. You gave them kingdoms and peoples and allotted to them every corner… You multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, and you brought them into the land.” Nehemiah 9:1-3,5-13,15,17,19,21-23
To begin the day with honor to the Lord, in confession and worship and reading His word, is to be mindful of His wonders, permeated with His holy character and enthralled by, and thankful for, all He has done. In turn, He directs our minds, keeps our necks from stiffening, our hearts from yielding to foreign loves. He sustains.
God was always faithful, though His people waffled and traded loyalties again and again. If I find myself presumptuous and stubborn, fisting my way through the day according to my plans and rules, or doubtful and inconsistent, a wave of the sea driven and tossed by every wind that blows, I have failed to stay mindful of God’s wonders. I must, like Nehemiah’s Israel, be deliberate to set a time, stand (get in position), and recall Who He is, recount His hand through my history, and praise Him. (James 1:6; Psalm 105:5)
Magnificent Lord, remind me of Your works through my moments and hours. Imprint Your grace and glory inside me, and out, that my life proclaim Your wonders. (Psalm 111:4)