“Then I brought the leaders of Judah up onto the wall and appointed two great choirs that gave thanks… And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.” (Nehemiah 12:31, 43).
There is a time for wall-dancin’, but you’ll never get to it if you don’t have a vision for it. Nehemiah, you see, had vision to build the walls of Jerusalem. He knew God’s city needed to become healthy. If it had strong walls and strong gates, then it would contain strong worship. He was into that, so Nehemiah had a vision of strong walls. Tirelessly, he worked toward that goal.
Finally, the day came when the walls were completed. Nehemiah prepared two thanksgiving choirs. They would sing (where else?) on top of the wall. Tobiah, that punk enemy of God’s people, had said that even a small fox would knock it over. Apparently not. It could handle the weight of hundreds of people gathered together to praise their God for a work completed.
Someday, you’ll dance on your walls too. I don’t know what your proverbial “wall” will be, but if you get a vision from God and stick to that vision, you’ll dance on that sucker. You’ll rejoice that the work has been finished, that the labor has paid off, that the wall is complete. The marriage will stand firm, the relationship will stand repaired, or the ministry will stand fruitful. The career will be built, the house will be paid off, or the children will succeed in adulthood. Every promotion and graduation and baptism and birthday and Easter service is a chance to dance a little on a wall God has asked us to build.
Athletes pop the champagne at the end of a championship run. But God gives us a million reasons to celebrate Him, rejoicing over a job completed, if only we’ll catch a long-term vision of the walls He has us building. If we get a vision for it, a vision that lasts, we too can dance on the wall.