“And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments came forward with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the directions of David king of Israel. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord,
“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”
And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.” (Ezra 3:10-11)
The Israelites were in exile, away from their homeland. Then, they were allowed to go home and slowly but surely groups of people began to go home. With this began the rebuilding of lives and family in what was to them the promised land. This included rebuilding of the temple. When they had laid the foundation for the temple, they took time to sing praises to the Lord. They had a lot to be thankful for as they had endured so much. But God was always there and God provided for them in exile and when they returned back home.
It is good to remember and be thankful for all that God has done. When we go through tough times and get beaten down, it’s good to praise God for helping us get through it. As the foundation for a new year approaches, let us give thanks for all that God is done and all he will do.