Nehemiah 8:8 v.10b: So they (the Levites) read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
……..; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Meditation: This is precisely the duty of a teacher of God’s Holy Word. Notice how they read “distinctly” or faithfully, word by word, gave the “sense” or insight and caused them to “understand” or to know in the mind. Once a teacher is able to properly expound the Word to those under his tutelage, one result will be joy! It’s only through a proper study of God’s Word that we can have a proper understanding of its Author and as we grow in our knowledge of God we can’t help but to rejoice and that is our strength!
Prayer: Father in heaven, help those who handle the Word to do so with reverence and fear, to teach it so as to be understood by those who are being taught so they too can have the joy of the Lord as their strength. Amen.