The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
When I heard the prompt for today, this Scripture came immediately to mind! Why? It is the benediction we receive at the end of each worship service. After almost a year, it is just starting to penetrate my soul.
Why do I love it? As I have mentioned before, I love contrasts! They help me understand truth often. Much of what the Bible teaches is in the form of contrasts. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a quilter and contrasts make the difference between a ho-hum quilt and one that pops!
The Lord my GOD is paralleled with the Mighty One. Of course, we know He is omnipotent or all-powerful. It sounds good, but it can also seem a bit foggy sounding too. He is huge. Grander than all the galaxies. In some places it speaks of Him flinging his hand to throw the stars in space. That’s BIG! (stop)
Enjoy this picture painted in Scripture and the beautiful contrast
But the contrast here is with the One who is mighty, powerful enough to hold the universe together (whatever that actually means) who also takes great delight in me, His child. As His child, He rejoices over me with gladness; quiets me with His love; rejoices over me with singing.
The picture is of this rugged father who is strong, but loves His children and is tender with them. There is a special look in His eye for His child. When I need help or encouragement or am fearful, He quiets me down and comforts me in His arms. At night, He sings over me as I fall asleep in His arms.
What a beautiful picture of the Father and His relationship to me. It is not because I am so productive or obedient. It is merely because I am His child that He loves me. It is totally a thing of grace. I belong to HIM!
The big, strong, massive father and the small child who rushes to Him for help. It is a touching and encouraging contrast. The truth of it is even more encouraging. He isn’t too busy or preoccupied for me. He is available and also Mighty, all powerful!
He has the power to help in ways others can’t. He can actually come through with literal help for the real need. . .as well as comfort me with His love. What an amazing GOD!
As you think about your present circumstances, how does it help to know that GOD is mighty?
How does it help to know He is ready to comfort you with His love and rejoice over you with singing?