Nehemiah 9:33 (NIV) 33 In all that has happened to us, you have been just; you have acted faithfully, while we did wrong.
On verses 16-37: Here the Levites recount how faithful and good God has been to the Israelites throughout their history, and how despite God’s faithfulness, the Israelites persisted in sin and rebellion. It’s a picture of the constant faithfulness of God juxtaposed against the ongoing failure of the people He loves. The fact that God never gave up on the Israelites despite how much they grieved Him with their persistent sin shows us how amazing, steadfast, humble, unconditional and faithful is the love of God.
Thank You, Lord, for using this passage to remind me that even though I fail You time and time again, You never fail me. You are always faithful. Even in my failure I can always fall back on Your mercy and faithfulness. Thank You for never giving up on me despite all the times that I have grieved You with my wrong choices. You deliver me “time after time” (v28). How amazing is Your faithful love for me!
Nehemiah 9:38 (NIV) 38 “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”
On verse 38: Realizing that sin ultimately does not satisfy and realizing how faithful God is despite all their failure, the people recommit themselves to the Lord.
Thank You Lord for showing us that sin ultimately does not satisfy, and that it only results in our bondage and slavery to people and things that are not nearly as beautiful, powerful or merciful as You (v36-37). How much better, wiser and more profitable to bind myself to You than to anyone else or anything else. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!