St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India : Department of Music and Communications (DMC)
Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.” Nehemiah 12 : 27
And the sons of the singers gathered together from the countryside around Jerusalem, from the villages of Netophathites, from the house of Gilgal and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth…. (Vs 28 & 29)
….The singers sang loudly with Jezrahiah , the director. Also that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced for God had made them rejoice with great joy. The women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heared afar off. (Vs. 42 & 43)
The book of Nehemiah begins with a confession, continues with a construction project and ends with a concert. The entire story is a study of God’s Faithfulness & Power. After years of hard work, despite opposition, the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt. At the dedication, two great Thanksgiving Choirs stood on the wall to praise God. The singers sang loudly. God had made them rejoice with great joy so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off. Joy cannot be contained. It must break out in praise to God through songs.