Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.” (Nehemiah 8:5)
Wow. What was this “book” that precipitated such a response? The book Ezra opened was “the law,” according to verse 1, and the people stood to reverence their God and what He had to say to them. I don’t think I have that attitude when I come to my Bible reading time, but I yearn to approach God in this way.
The story continues:
“Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.” (Nehemiah 8:6)
It didn’t take a fanfare of stirring music or an emotional charged sermon or a rousing spiritual leader to awaken worship in these people. All it took was a simple man, opening the Book of all books, and blessing His God before he began to read.
“Bless the LORD, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)