June 26: A Famous God
Nehemiah 10:28–11:36; 1 John 5:17–21; Psalm 113:1–114:8
Fame can have startling effects on people. Those who attain power and influence suddenly become less available: They’re selective with the phone calls they take, the emails they answer, and the people they associate with. Those who receive their attention tend to feel special.
When we call on God, we expect Him to answer us and help us. Sometimes, we are so confident that He will or should help us that we forget how amazing it is that He interacts with us in the first place.
Psalm 113 reminds us that God is beyond our comprehension. The psalm praises the power and glory of God, who is “high above all nations.” God isn’t just ruling over the earth, though. His realm of power extends even “above the heavens” (Psa 113:4). Both earthly and heavenly powers are subject to Him.
His power is astounding, but what is most confounding is His nature and character. Psalm 113 points out that even in His power, God is still concerned with the plights of those far below: “Who is like Yahweh our God, who is enthroned on high, who condescends to look at what is in the heavens and in the earth?” (Psa 113:5–6). And He isn’t just concerned with the powerful and mighty; He is concerned about the helpless and the needy. “He raises the helpless from the dust, he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to seat them with princes, with the princes of his people” (Psa 113:7–8).
God is more majestic and powerful than we can comprehend. His fame exceeds that of any celebrity. Yet He still desires to help us—to lift us “up from the ash heap.” This alone should astound us, but there’s more: He cares for us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His only Son to restore our relationship with Him.
How are you astounded by God’s nature and His care for you?
REBECCA VAN NOORD
- And the rest of the people, the Priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinim, and all that were separated from the people of the lands unto the Law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all that could understand. The chief of them received it for their brethren, and they came to the curse and to the oath to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our God, and his judgments and his statutes: And that we would not give our daughters to the people of the land, neither take their daughters for our sons. And if the people of the land brought ware on the Sabbath, or any vittles to sell, that we would not take it of them on the Sabbath, and on the holy days: and that we would let the seventh year be free, and the debts of every person. And we made statutes for ourselves to give by the year, the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God, For the showbread, and for the daily offering, and for the daily burnt offering, the Sabbaths, the new moons, for the solemn feasts, and for the things that were sanctified, and for the sin offerings, to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God. We cast also lots for the offering of the wood, even the Priests, the Levites, and the people, to bring it into the house of our God, by the house of our fathers, yearly at the times appointed, to burn it upon the Altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the Law, And to bring the firstfruits of our land, and the first of all the fruits of all trees, year by year, into the house of the Lord, And the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our bullocks, and of our sheep, to bring it into the house of our God, unto the Priests that minister in the house of our God, And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of every tree, of wine and of oil, unto the Preists, to the chambers of the house of our God: and the tithes of our land unto the Levites, that the Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our travail. And the Priest, the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth part of the tithes unto the house of our God, unto the chambers of the treasure house. For the children of Israel, and the children of Levi shall bring up the offering of the corn, of the wine, and of the oil, unto the chambers: and there shall be the vessels of the Sanctuary, and the Priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers, and we will not forsake the house of our God. And the rulers of the people dwelt in Jerusalem: the other peopel also cast lots, to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to be in the cities. And the people thanked all the men that were willing to dwell in Jerusalem. These now are the chief of the province, that dwelt in Jerusalem, but in the cities of Judah, everyone dwelt in his osn possession in their cities of Israel, the Priests and the Levites, and the Nethinim, and the sons of Solomon’s servants. And in Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin: Of the sons of Judah, Athaiah, the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalel, of the sons of Perez, And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the sonof Col-Hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni. All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem, were four hundred threescore and eight valiant men. These also are the sons of Benjamin, Sallu, the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the so of Itheil, the son of Jeshaiah. And after Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred and twenty and eight. And Joel the son of Zichri was the governor over them: and Judah the son of Senuah was the second over the city: Of the Priests, Jedaiah, the son fo Joiarib, Jachin. Seraiah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was chief of the house of God. And their brethren that did the work in the Temple, were eight hundred, twenty and two: and Adaiah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchijah: And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred and two and forty: and Amashsai the son of Azarel, the son of Ahazai, the son of Meshilemoth, the son of Immer: And their brethren valiant men, an hundred and eight and twenty: and their overseer was Zabdiel the son of Haggedolim. And of the Levites, Shemaiah, the son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni. And Shabbethai, and Jozabad of the chief of the Levites were over the works of the house of God without. And Mattaniah, the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph was the chief to begin the thanksgiving and prayer: and Bakbukiah the second of his brethren, and Abda, the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun. All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and four. And the porters Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, were an hundred twenty and two. And the residue of Israel, of the Priest, and of the Levites dwelt in all the cities of judah, everyone in his inheritance. And the Nethinim dwelt in the fortress, and Ziha, and Gispa was over the Nethinim. And the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha: the son of Aasph singers were over the work ofthe house of God. For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that faithful provision should be for the singers every day. And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah, the son of Judah was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning the people. And in the villages in their lands, some of the children of Judah dwelt in Kirjath Arba, and in the villages thereof, and in Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and in Jekabzeel, and in teh villages thereof, And in Jeshua, and in Moladah, and in Beth Pelet, And in Hazar Shual, and in Beersheba, and in the villages thereof. And in Ziklag, and in Mekonah, and in the villages thereof., And in En Rimmon, and in Zorah, and in Jarmuth, Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, in Lachish, and in the fields thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages thereof: and they dwelt from Beersheba, unto the valley of Hinnom. And the sons of Benjamin from Geba, in Michmash, and Aja, and Bethel, and in the villages thereof, And Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, Lod and Ono, in the carpenters valley. And of the Levites were divisions in Judah and in Benjamin. Nehemiah 10:28–11:36
- All unrighteousness is sin, but there is a sin not unto death. We know that whatsoever is born of God, sinneth not: but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. We know that we are of God, and this whole world lieth in wickedness. But we know that that Son of God is come, and hath given us a omind to know him, ,which is true, and we are in him that is true, that is, in that his Son Jesus Christ, the same is that very God, and that eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols, Amen.. 1 John 5:17–21
- Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the Name of the Lord. Blessed be the Nae of the Lord from henceforth and forever. The Lord’s Name is praised from the rising of the sun, unto the going down of the same. The Lord is high above all natios, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling on high. Who abaseth himself to behold things in the heavens and in the earth! He raiseth the needy out of the dust, and lifteth up the poor out of the dung, That he may set him with the princes even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to dwell with a family, and a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. When Israel went out of Egypt, and the house of Jacob from the barbarous people, Judah was his sanctification, and Israel his dominion. The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was turned back. The mountains leaped like rams, and the hills as lambs! What ailed thee, O sea, that thou fleddest? O Jordan, why wast thou turned back? Ye mountains why leaped ye like rams, and ye hills as lambs? The earth trembled at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, Which turneth the rock into waterpools, and the flint into a fountain of water. Psalm 113:1–114:8