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. Zephaniah 3:17
In this fast paced, busy, technological world we live in, rarely do we have time to just spend some quiet time with God – in prayer, reading His Word, or just listening for His still, quiet voice. There are so many verses in Scripture that have such timely messages for us today. So many we have never read or heard that could calm our weary spirits and soothe our restless souls.
This is one of them, and it makes me smile to read it. What a comforting thought to know that God is with us, always present, and always available. He hears and knows the concerns and joys of our hearts.
But the next phrase is the one that “gets me” every time I read it: “He will take great delight in you.” The word “delight” is not one we think would be associated with Scripture or with God’s feelings about us. Think of the images those words bring to mind. What could we possibly do to make God delight in us? But He does – just by our presence with Him. Just by watching us, seeing us happy, content, and appreciating the world around us and the people He has placed in our lives, we bring joy to Him. Each of us is His child and He cares for us just as we do our own children. I pray that today we may bring Him delight – that our words and our deeds may please Him and bring Him honor and glory.
And last, but not least, this verse declares that “He will quiet you with His love.” What a beautiful promise! How many times have we yearned for our anxieties, fears, and the stresses of life that seem so overwhelming to be quieted, and our minds and heart to just be at peace? He is present with us. He can offer a peace that can be found nowhere else.
What a love! One so powerful it can even quiet our storms. I embrace that love and am so very grateful for it.
Our gracious Lord, what promises you have given us. What love you have for us. We know there is no way we could ever be worthy of your abiding love and grace. Yet, you pour your blessings down upon us. Thank you for your presence and faithfulness to us. Continue to come into our hearts and homes and help us to serve you in ways that would be pleasing to you. Amen