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. (Nehemiah 8:10)
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 if it would take you forever to complete. When it's all over and you look back, you rejoice for what you've accomplished. 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). Paul wanted the church to know that if they would joy in the Lord and allow their lives to reflect Him, God's peace would always be with them. The same is still true for us today.
Sing: Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace, hail the Son of righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in His wings; Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King.”