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
On this Sabbath Day, the 9th day of November, we give thanks to God for loving us, for taking delight in us, and for rejoicing over us with singing.
What a beautiful verse found tucked within the pages of a little book in the Bible that few of us know much about – Zephaniah, one of the last books of the Old Testament. This one verse tells us so much about the heart of God and His love for us.
Aren’t these the most amazing thoughts – that God takes such joy in us that He wants to rejoice over us with singing? Can you imagine Him leading the angels in song when we have been pleasing to Him by seeking His presence, or by bringing Him glory and praise in some way? Or picture Him seeing us with anxious or troubled hearts, and then gently reaching down and trying to quiet our souls with His love? What an awesome God we have – One who is always with us, who longs to save us so we can spend eternity with Him, and One who finds joy in our being.
In the same way, we can show our love and appreciation for Him through our music and praising Him with our songs. And what a blessing music can be in our lives as it reminds us of His goodness to us, as it comforts our souls, and lifts our spirits.
God created music and we know He delights in it, for music and singing are mentioned many times in Scripture – even in terms of filling the corridors of heaven with its sounds. And nothing pleases Him more than us listening to music that lifts Him up and glorifies His name. How grateful we are for a God who fills our lives with His goodness.
Dear Lord of love and grace, thank you for covering us with your love, finding delight in our presence with you, calming all our fears, and giving us the gift of music and song. We give you all honor and praise. Amen