It was God who made Nehemiah willing and eager to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem (v. 12), just as He works in us to will and to do His good pleasure (Phil 2:13).

BibleGateway: Nehemiah 2:9-18

ESV Text: Nehemiah 2:9-18

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:40 and ends at about 3:42

     9 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. 11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. 12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon. 13 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire. 14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king’s pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass. 15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned. 16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work. 17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. 18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 359:
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Sky

— Organ Audio

1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, 
Thou, the true, the only Light, 
Sun of Righteousness, arise, 
Triumph o’er the shades of night. 
Dayspring from on high, be near; 
Day-star, in my heart appear. 

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn 
Unaccompanied by Thee; 
Joyless is the day’s return 
Till Thy mercy’s beams I see, 
Till they inward light impart, 
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart. 

3. Visit, then, this soul of mine, 
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief; 
Fill me, Radiancy Divine, 
Scatter all my unbelief. 
More and more Thyself display, 
Shining to the perfect day. 

Jesus Christ is our advocate with the Father when we sin, but we don’t use Christ’s atoning sacrifice as an excuse to ignore His will.

BibleGateway: 1 John 2:1-6

ESV Text: 1 John 2:1-6

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 0:54

     1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

     3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 357:
Jesus, Thou Art Mine Forever

— Organ Audio

1. Jesus, Thou art mine forever, 
Dearer far than earth to me; 
Neither life nor death shall sever 
Those sweet ties which bind to Thee. 

2. All were drear to me and lonely 
If Thy presence gladdened not; 
While I sing to Thee, Thee only, 
Mine’s an ever blissful lot. 

3. Thou alone art all my Treasure, 
Who hast died that I may live; 
Thou conferrest noblest pleasure, 
Who dost all my sins forgive. 

4. Brightest gems and fairest flowers 
Lose their beauty in Thy frown; 
Joy and peace, like balmy showers, 
In Thy smile come gently down. 

5. Jesus, Thou art mine forever; 
Never suffer me to stray. 
Let me in my weakness never 
Cast my priceless pearl away. 

6. Lamb of God, I do implore Thee, 
Guard, support me, lest I fall. 
Let me evermore adore Thee; 
Be my everlasting All.