Friday, November 6, 2015

3 Nephi 4:31-33 -- On Humility and Song

"And it came to pass that they did break forth, all as one, in singing, and praising their God for the great thing which he had done for them, in preserving them from falling into the hands of their enemies.
Yea, they did cry: Hosanna to the Most High God. And they did cry: Blessed be the name of the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God.
And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction."
3 Nephi 4:31-33

I love the part about everyone just breaking out into singing at the same time. :)  Can you imagine how happy everyone must have been to feel like that?  These verse are just after the whole society had moved into one place to protect themselves from the Gadianton Robbers, and because they had enough to let them survive for seven years, they were able to resist, outlast, and finally defeat those that were committed to their destruction.  After all of that effort, and prayer, and faith, to finally see an end to that looming danger must have been overwhelming. :)
The main thing that I want to point out here is that the reason they triumphed, by their own admission, was not the superiority of their forces, or the justice of their cause.  It was not because they were inherently better people than the group that was working to destroy them.  It was because God delivered them, and it mentions specifically repentance and humility.  They *chose* to be obedient and to rely on God, which was their only salvation.
I know today that we don't have to go to the physical extremes that these people did to protect themselves from destruction... but we do similarly have dangers surrounding us, and challenges to our faith and our safety.  Let's learn a lesson from these people, and work on our repentance and our humility.  Let's cry unto God, and pray that he will protect and preserve us from the dangers we face each day.  And as we do, and as the Lord blesses us and preserves us, let's also remember to break out into song now and then, expressing thanks and praise to our God who makes all of our happiness possible. :)

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