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THE GOD WHO REJOICES OVER US!


 
 

BIBLE READING

 

Zephaniah 3:17

 

The Lord your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.

 

THE GOD WHO REJOICES OVER US!

 

I really am overwhelmed by the picture we find in Zephaniah 3:17 of the loving heart of God. There the scripture says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”


“The Lord your God is in your midst.” We can have joy today because our God is completely and powerfully present right where we are. Scripture promises us that God will never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6), his presence will go with us to the ends of the earth (Psalm 139:7-12). God longs to make his presence known to us in every area of our life. The beautiful picture we have here is that God is ready to do life with us and that God equips us to live with joy by filling us with his love.


The Lord your God is . . . a mighty one who will save.” We can have joy because we have been delivered and our God has done a mighty work in our lives. We are children of God, reconciled and set free through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.


“He will rejoice over you with gladness.” We can have joy because God rejoices over us. God, here in this passage is revealed as the God who loves us. The Creator and Sustainer of all rejoices over each one of us, we are his precious creation. Let that truth sink in.

“He will quiet you by his love.” We can have joy because God will shepherd us to the “still waters”. His love will guide us to “quiet places” where our heart’s can be at rest. Here is what I love about this phrase, it reminds us that God will calm the areas of our life that are troubled and stressed by unburdening us through the depths of his love for us. That means we can have peace and calm today in God’s loving presence no matter what we may be experiencing. God will “quiet you by his love” as you follow the leadership of his Spirit.


Then we read that God “will exult over you with loud singing.” To exult is to be joyful or jubilant because of a triumph or success. You can have joy today because your God sees you as one who is worth celebrating over. You have been transformed. You are a new creation. God rejoices over you today just as you are.


In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning says, “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” May we come to the awareness today of how deeply we are loved by our God today. And may Zephaniah 3:17 be a foundation on which you experience the overwhelming joy that comes from God’s amazing love for you.


The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
 

1. Meditate on Zephaniah 3:17. Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight a part of the verse that you especially need to be reminded of today. Take a few minutes to allow Scripture to lay a foundation on which you can have abundant joy.


“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17


2. Ask the Lord to reveal his nearness. Rest in his presence and allow his love to quiet and flood the weary places in your heart.


“For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5


3. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with abundant joy for today. Ask him to teach you how to live a joyful lifestyle where you experience the abundance of his presence in any situation.


“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalm 147:11


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