Here are three principles I extracted from Nehemiah 5:13 this evening:
1. Agree with God
2. Praise God
3. Follow God
“I also shook out the front of my garment and said, ‘Thus may God shake out every man from his house and from his possessions who does not fulfill this promise [to stop charging interest and enslaving the poor]; even thus may he be shaken out and emptied.’ And all the assembly said, ‘Amen!’ And they praised the Lord. Then the people did according to this promise.” (Nehemiah 5:13)
In order to praise God, we need to agree with God. And in order to follow God, we need to praise God.