So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.
Why were all the nations afraid? No question that it was the display of the power of the LORD, God, the Almighty. Fifty-two days to restore and rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. Such a project today would take 52 months just to clear the bureaucracy.
But the more profound question is, do we see that fear being displayed today? Is the Fear of the LORD something that brings terror into secular and pagan hearts? Is that the driving force behind the martyrdom of thousands of our fellow believers? We live sheltered and peaceful lives in this country. Is it because we do not display the Fear of the LORD, God, the Almighty in our daily lives?
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 124
Evening: Psalm 49
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