The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring [you] quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy."Zephaniah 3:17(HCSB)
God is more than the Creator, He is the LORD God Who is in the midst of us; loving us, caring for us, protecting us, defending us, indwelling us, and Who died so that we might have life and have it in superabundance. This is no less true for the Church than it was for Israel – it is not truer for Israel that it is for the Church, for God's Word to His people is sure, steadfast, faithful, and true. He is always near at hand to help and to heal, to hold and to carry us in His everlasting arms.
God is not only in the midst of us, but He is the Almighty God and as such, He is mighty to save His people, not only from their enemies without and their fears within, but also from the curse of sin and death. Christ is the provision for our need, the remedy for our fear, the cure for our problems, and the antidote to sin. He is our protector and defender and as such He is our victorious warrior. He is our triumphant Saviour, Who is mighty to save.
God is not there to condemn us, but He delights to bring us to salvation and He pours out eternal life and life more abundantly with exultant gladness, upon all who trust in His name. Oh yes, the Lord rejoices over all that believe in Him, and He takes joyful delight in those who trust His Word and abide in His love.
God desires all His children to seek Him, to come to Him, to draw near to Him, to rest in Him, and to abide in His truth, for He is the God of peace and His is a peace that passes all understanding. He longs to shed abroad His love and peace and joy and hope on all who believe in His Word and trust that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
How wonderful to fully understand that God rejoices over His children with gladness and delights in His little flock with shouts of joy.
Loving Father, I am not worthy to be in Your presence and yet you show Your love for me in everything. Lord, who am I that You would delight in me and rejoice over me with singing? My precious Saviour, thank You for loving me so much. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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