Finally, the broken walls have been reconstructed and celebrations were held in Jerusalem to mark the revival of the city and to dedicate the newly built wall. Not to forget that it is not all about the newly-built wall itself, but also the renewing of faith and the reconstruction of the lives in the people. This is all part of God’s grand plan. It’s a great day to rejoice in the Lord!
But for some, devotion cannot be placed side by side with exuberance. They felt uncomfortable with the idea of singing and dancing merrily in the presence of the Lord. To them, devotion has to be carried out on a more serious or solemn tone. However, in Psalms 98, it read:
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.”