Zephaniah 3:17 reads, The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.The context of this verse is one of deliverance after rebellion, oppression, and humiliation. The Lord is the greatest Singer of all, and if you are his redeemed one, he is singing over you!
Think about Isaiah's prophecy concerning Immanuel, God with Us:
- Our Wonderful Counselor is among us to comfort and guide;
- Our Mighty God is not only able to save, he also actually does it;
- Our Everlasting Father gladly receives us, the prodigals, back into his arms;
- Our Prince of Peace lovingly leads us by still waters and restores our souls.
1. O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight, On whom in affliction I call;
My comfort by day and my song in the night, My hope, my salvation, my all.2. Where dost Thou, dear Shepherd, resort with Thy sheep To feed them in pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep, Or alone in this wilderness rove?
3. He looks, and ten thousand of angels rejoice, And myriads now wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice, Re-echoes the praise of the Lord.
4. Dear Shepherd, I hear, and will follow Thy call, I know the sweet sound of Thy voice;
Protect and defend me, for Thou art my all, And in Thee I will ever rejoice.
– Joseph Swain, 1791
Our Lord’s joyful song transcends all of our worship and puts it all in perspective…we love him, because he first loved us. Be filled with delight this Christmas, and in the days and months to come, in the sure and certain knowledge that the one in whom you delight, our matchless Singer, truly and surely delights in you, his child, most of all.