Nehemiah 9:1-5

Nehemiah 9:1-5 – “Prayer and Praise

INTRO

  • The wall is finished.
  • Now Nehemiah prepares the people to succeed
  • Chapters 8–13 is the preparation of the spiritual people
  • A spiritual revival – A Nation/People set apart for God
  • Nehemiah continues to encourage REVIVAL within the people.
  • We do not need to overthink what brings upon TRUE REVIVAL

They prepared to encounter God – v. 1

  • Gathered
    • Assembled
    • We are meant to be TOGETHER
    • Corporate worship (Singing, Praying)
  • Fasted
    • Set aside, so they could meet with God
  • In sackcloth
  • Earth on their heads

They pursued holiness in fear of God – v. 2

  • Separated themselves
    • From the ways of the world
    • Contrary to God’s ways
    • FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOLINESS
  • Confessed sin
    • Individually
    • Corporately
  • Confession and Repentance
    • Acknowledgment OF the sin
    • Sorrow OVER the sin
    • Turning FROM the sin

They positioned themselves to hear from God – v. 3

  • Stood
  • Read from book of the law
  • Quarter of the day
  • With expectation
  • Confessed after hearing

The voice of God. The Word of God

  • Hear
  • Believe
  • Respond

With a joyful heart they praised God – vv. 4-5

  • Scripture – He speaks to us
  • Praise – We speak to Him