When was the last time you thought of your Savior as One who delights so much in you that He sings over you? If it has been a while—or if perhaps this idea never occurred to you before—prepare for a word of unimaginable encouragement and comfort this day!
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.(Zephaniah 3:17)
Reading through the gospel accounts, we see the clear and consistent evidence of our Serving Savior. Just one look at the cross reminds us of our Suffering Savior. But when was the last time we thought of our Singing Savior? And yet we read in Zephaniah that our Lord rejoices over us with singing! The Hebrew phrase “he will rejoice over you with singing” can be literally translated to read, “He rejoices over you with a shout of joy.”
I grew up in a home where my mother walked around the house constantly singing over her children. At the time, I wasn’t sure if her singing was designed to bless our hearts or buffer our noise. I know now. Kim and I have four children of our own, and they spent considerable time with Momma Boland each week. All of them commented on how “Bunka” (as they called her) would walk around the house singing over them. Her singing was a sign of a heart that overflowed with love for her children and grandchildren.
Well, today’s Scripture reveals that it’s the same way with our Savior. Jesus’ heart overflows with love for all of His children and He rejoices over all of us with singing. WOW! Here is a love with such a joyful outward expression, one that is designed to inwardly bless us at the deepest level. We are so loved in the sight of our Savior that He rejoices over us with singing!
You may find this difficult to believe; perhaps your picture is one of Jesus looking sorrowfully down from heaven, grieved—perhaps even angered—by your many sins. The thought of Him rejoicing over you with singing may be almost impossible for you to believe . . . but God’s living and active Word assures us that it is true! Your Savior is singing over you, literally shouting with joy, morning, noon, and night.
So . . . how does that knowledge make you feel today?
Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! (Zephaniah 3:14)
Like Momma Boland, who rejoiced in her Lord in song for the great gift of children and grandchildren, we should all feel like singing and shouting aloud to our Lord. To be sure, we find ourselves in times of trouble, times when our hearts are filled with sorrow and pain. But if we keep our eyes fixed on our Servant Savior, our Suffering Savior, and our Singing Savior, we will weather any storm and come out on the other side of it singing with shouts of joy to the One who loved us so much that He paid to redeem us with His precious blood—and who today rejoices that we are His.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!