“The Levites … said, ‘Stand up and praise the LORD your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.’”

Nehemiah 9:5
Within the confines of God’s grace, we are safe and even commanded to confess our sin. Part of confession is recognizing that sin is not a victimless crime. Our rebellion is against the good and gracious God of the universe—the everlasting, glorious, and exalted One (v. 5). He alone is the Lord. He made the earth and preserves everything in it (v. 6). He chose Abram, made a covenant with him, and kept His promises because He is righteous (vv. 7-8). 

Out of His kindness, God saw His people suffering and delivered them from Egypt (vv. 9-12). In the wilderness He gave them commandments, bread, and water, telling them to take possession of the Promised Land (vv. 13-15). It is against this God that the people rebelled (v. 16) and against whom we rebel. Follow the contrast between God and His people for the rest of chapter 9, and you’ll stand rightly convicted. 

Friends, meditate on the glory of God and His goodness to you through Jesus. Let His love overwhelm you, for this will lead you to hate your sin with the proper backdrop of confession. 

Scripture Focus

Nehemiah 9:1-31


Your good God loves you. And it’s His kindness that leads you to repentance (see Romans 2:4).

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Samuel 15-16
  • Psalm 143
  • 1 Thessalonians 3-4

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