The Joy of The Lord, HE is Your Strength
By: Tiffany Ann Lewis
“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”” (Nehemiah 8:9-10)
We have been going through the book of Nehemiah at our church and when I got to this portion of the text, I asked the Lord why Nehemiah told the people of God not to sorrow. After all, when the Word of God discovers the area’s where we have fallen short of His glory, we should be sorry. It’s what sparks genuine repentance. So why did Nehemiah, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, say, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”?