Our verse of reference in Ezra 3 is:
“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever. And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.” (Ezra 3:11 NIV).
Challenge for today
God is good.- The people of Israel says to God: We praise you because you are good. – Although God punishes us by withdrawing His protection, He allows Satan to destroy us. Your personal experience can lead you to say that God is good? What would become of me if you had not forgiven me? Where would we be today if you had not reached us? We would have a hole in our hearts, wander aimlessly the world with no direction, if it was not for your grace and your love.
God’s love endures forever.- The people of Israel sang to God because his love is eternal. Because of this love, they had returned to the promised land and they were worshiping in the same place where Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac, in the same place where Solomon had built the temple. Do we feel the love of God in our lives? Then praise Him, because His love endures forever, amen.
Heavenly Father we praise you, because in your mercy, despite of our mistakes, you show us that you love us. We thank you because you are good with us and your love endures forever. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo J. Rios.