Our verse of reference in Nehemiah 9 is:
“And the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah—said: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.[a]”“Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.” (Nehemiah 9:5 NIV).
Exalt and bless the name of God..
Historical Commentary.- The people sing a hymn of praise, the leaders of the congregation recounted the history of Israel, to show how great was the goodness of God to them, and how ungrateful they had been. All the people made a pact that would keep all the commandments of God. They had been punished for their sins, and recognized the justice of God, they pledged to obey His law. Their covenant was a “true partnership” to be retained permanently as a reminder of the obligation they had assumed, it was written, and the priests, Levites, and princes signed it. It was to remind the people about their duties and to protect them against falling into temptation, they wrote “to walk in the law of God, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes. “And that oath included a promise not to make alliances through marriages with the people of the land. PR 491.
Remembering the past.- When we confess our sins, it is good to remember the mercies of God on our behalf, so we feel more humiliated and embarrassed. MY FRIENDS, I encourage you to discuss with family or share personal testimony how people who do not know Christ fully, care and treatment the Lord gave us through his kindness and patience. Sharing the blessings that God does for us, makes us grateful, and motivate others to give their lives to Christ.
Praising God.- The authors of the Scriptures, from creation (Ps 19:1-4) to the island of Patmos (Revelation 15:4), from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, teach us to give honor to God. Our thoughts shoudl be directed towards God, our lips should express words of gratitude to the giver of life, our life should be dedicated to the service of God, and that our supreme desire should be to live eternally with God.