“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. ” Zephaniah 3.17d
So often we read a verse of Scripture and don’t take time to think about what we just read. That would be easy to do with the verse above. But I want to challenge you to think seriously about what Zephaniah has written. (1) God is in our midst and He is mighty; (2) He will save; (3) God will rejoice over us with joy; (4) He will allow us to rest in His love; and (5) He will joy over us with singing.
We often give lip service to the matter of God’s omnipresence and His omnipotence. But they deserve more than a mental assent that God possesses those characteristics. His presence among us reflects His love for us, His watch care over us, and His desire to make Himself available to us. The fact that He is omnipotent must not be overlooked because He possesses the power to handle ANY situation that comes to us and He WANTS to exercise His power on our behalf. Next we read that He will save. We have taken advantage of that truth by receiving Him into our hearts and lives. What does it mean that He will rejoice over us with joy? God CAN rejoice because we have believed on His Son and God is joyful that we are part of His eternal family. The phrase “he will rest in his love” is translated elsewhere with this phrase: “he will quiet you by His love”.WOW! To know that God’s love will bring us a sense of quietness and peace is a truth we can draw on often. Finally, “he will joy over you with singing.” I never thought about God singing before, but wouldn’t you love to hear His voice, knowing that it gives Him joy to sing over us.
Look carefully at the different phrases above and allow God to be all He wants to be in your life. Just my thoughts …