“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Singing Over You
Devotion based on Zephaniah 3:17
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When my family brought home our Christmas tree this year, something spontaneous and special happened. As our three oldest children began to decorate, each child also began to sing their own Christmas song to themselves. One was humming, “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed…” Another was singing, “Red is the color of the blood that flowed down the face of someone who loved us…” The little one was making up her own tune about ornaments and Jesus and lights. Each precious heart was lost in its own little world, singing quietly, decorating joyfully. For once, there was actually no arguing or fighting!
And two smiling parents were drinking it all in.
Little Christians singing joyfully to themselves is a precious picture. Did you know that the Bible paints a similar picture of God’s thoughts towards you? The prophet Zephaniah records, “The LORD your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
It’s true! The Lord has taken great delight in you. Don’t be mistaken—this Lord is no pushover. He is mighty, and he held every right to come to earth as a pulverizing conqueror. But instead, he came as a baby. He came not to conquer but to rescue! He came not to punish but for peace! He will quiet your conscience with his full and free forgiveness, even for the sins you’re ashamed to remember. He will rejoice over you with his singing. The Savior’s heart is lost in his deep concern for you, gazing at you, beaming inside, singing because of you.
Dear Jesus, thank you for taking great delight in me, so much that you were willing to lay down your very own life for me. Quiet my soul as I drink in your promises and give me courage as I picture you singing over me and remember that you are with me always. Amen.