Nehemiah 12 records the priests and Levites that returned and the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem. It was a great celebration- with musicians, choirs, and Ezra leading the procession. They went all around the city and gave thanks! They ended up in the temple worshipping and rejoicing together with all the offerings that were brought up. The last verse of the chapter also gives us an important detail:
So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the musicians and the gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.
What this practically means is that the celebration of the city, God, and the nation brought them back to right living as prescribed in the covenant with Moses that the Levites would not own land- but be supplied by the people’s offerings and gifts (Deut. 14:27-29).
When we live in right relationship to those people in our city, to God, and when we take care of the people and issues that are most needy then we can come to God and rejoice. We must dedicate ourselves to this work and look to God for being able to sustain us.
God help me dedicate all of my ministry efforts as an act of worship and celebration before you God. Give me the strength to work through the hard times and be in right relationship with you and others. We look to you, our savior and our God, to provide all our needs and give us the insight and wisdom of how we should serve you. In Jesus name, Amen.