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June 6 – Through the thresher 

“Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem.” – Psalm 51:18 

Scripture reading: Psalm 122:1-9

What is so important about the walls? In the book of Ezra, we see the temple being rebuilt, wasn’t that enough?

When our family lived in Iowa, we put a fence around our garden to stop the rabbits from eating the beans and lettuce. Living in Northern BC, we talk about putting a fence around our apple trees to keep the bears from eating the apples and wrecking the trees. The fence protects something important.

Nehemiah was set on repairing the walls because walls mean perseverance, walls mean a secure future and protection. When you bring gifts to the temple, walls mean you don’t have to worry about thieves breaking in. Walls can ensure that the worship of God and the learning of God is not trampled by the enemies of the kingdom of God. When the walls are strong, it often means things inside the walls are well too.

Are there things like this that we need in our lives? Things that some might say are not absolutely necessary to have a relationship with God, but without them, our relationship with God is fragile. Think about (or discuss): What do you need to keep walking with faith in Jesus Christ? What holds you accountable to God’s Word? What do you have that draws a line for that which opposes the faith saying, it can’t enter here? What protects your worship of God and ensures your children will be handed the same faith that you firmly cling to?

Suggestions for Prayer: Thank the Lord for the protections He has given us and His church. Ask God to help you see what is needed in your life so that your faith perseveres against the assaults that are sure to come.

 Rev. Simon Lievaart currently serves Bethel United Reformed Church of Smithers BC. Prior to this, he served the United Reformed Church in Doon, IA. Rev. Lievaart grew up in southern Alberta, attended Redeemer University College and Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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