Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Today's Morsel: Nehemiah, who spearheaded the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem, told the people after their work was finished, " Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength." There is nothing like sitting down eating and drinking after you have finished a project that at the first seemed as it would take you forever to complete. When it's all over and you look back, you rejoice for what you've accomplished. This wasn't an easy task for Nehemiah and those with him. Especially when you had to be on your guard because of your enemy and someone is trying to stop you. But Nehemiah stayed focused realizing that he was doing a great work. And when it was done, he wanted the people to never stop rejoicing for what they had done. He told them to remember that their joy in the Lord would always be their fortification and defense. Paul told the church at Philippi, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:4-7). Like Nehemiah, Paul wanted the church to know that if they would joy in the Lord and allow their lives to reflect Christ, that God's peace would always be with them. When fiery trials come against you while you are doing a great work, remember that the joy of the Lord is always your strength.
Sing: Joy to the world, the Lord is come; let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.