Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance. (NLT)
The Good Ol’ Days were not as good as remembered, or else they would not have arrived at this place. The New Days were not as good as hoped because they made the same kinds of mistakes. History and current events have this in common: They are each less than ideal.
The one true thing in all generations is found in the song the people sang in verse 11:
He is so good!
His faithful love endures forever!
This song has echoed across history. It has always been true. It is true today. It is true forever.
We will never experience a perfect world this side of heaven. We can, however, work toward Eden. Genesis 1:31 tells us how God looked at all he had created and called it Very Good. Notice how he didn’t spread his arms wide and say, “Perfect!”
There is a perfect world coming, a place where our failures and foibles and foolishness are wiped away forever. What does this make possible?
To build a better world today, we start with the very best good we know. We will gather in worship with God’s family and together declare how good he is and how his love endures forever. Indeed, it is the one true enduring reality of heaven and earth.
Remember what made the Good Ol’ Days good.
Work toward building a Very Good world others will look back on and refer to as the Good Ol’ Days.
Sing God’s praises for who he is, and thank him for how he is perfectly consistent through every age. He is Good! He is Love! He endures forever!
I will sing God’s praises and pray with thanksgiving for who God is and for what he does.
Our Father, as Moses prayed in Psalm 90, “you have been our refuge in every generation.” You are Good! Your Love endures forever! Today is testimony of these truths as surely as the best days of history now past, as certainly as the paradise to come. Empower us to live fully today, wrapped in these never-ending truths, and join you in your renovating, renewing work. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.