I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate.
Nehemiah 12 is a tremendous picture of thanks. Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem and saw that the city was defenseless without a wall around it. He organized the people and completed the wall around the entire city in just a few weeks.
The celebration that Nehemiah organizes to commemorate the event takes a tremendous amount of organization. Two choirs are formed and circle the city on top of the wall in opposite directions.
This is in contrast to spontaneous moments of praise and thanks. Both have a place in our worship of God and how we offer thanks. Many churches are either very structured or very free. One side has an order of service and everything happens according to schedule. The other side moves “by the Spirit of God” and there is no telling how long a service may last.
God is a God of order but He has also given us the Holy Spirit as a guide. This means that both sides of worship and thanks are acceptable and should even be encouraged. There are times when we need structure in our times of thanksgiving like in Nehemiah. And there are times that we need to be able to just spontaneously thank God for something great that He has done.