And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
(Nehemiah 8:9–10 ESV)
Exhortation: Christian obedience to God’s law is fueled by joy, not mere duty. By gathering to worship and sing, and pray, and hear the word preached, we renew our joy in the Lord together. Let’s do that now.