Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 277

From Handbook to God’s Promises

God Is Trustworthy

Ezra 3:11: Step-by-Step Goodness

The priests and Levites don’t wait to celebrate until builders have finished the temple. They sing to the Lord at the completion of the foundation, praising and thanking Him for His goodness. Their gratefulness echoes the repetitions of Psalm 136, which extols the Lord and His deeds and repeatedly attributes these acts to His everlasting faithfulness.

We can learn from this step-by-step appreciation of God’s goodness. The Lord is benevolent not only at a project’s completion, but moment by moment as He responds to petitions great and small. He is merciful, gracious, and giving each step of the way. Our spiritual lives deepen with joy and meaning when we recognize this fact. Listing God’s acts and our blessings, as the Jewish people did, can enliven our spiritual outlook.