Can you picture an exuberant God?
Can you imagine a God rejoicing over you with gladness and loud singing?
Can you envisage a God dancing with joy over you?
That’s the God we never knew.
Perhaps because the picture that often looms large in our mind is a God seated high and mighty on His throne in heaven. He hardly moves. When He does, He is spewing wrath on the wicked and meting out judgments on the unjust.
But the side of God we never knew is a God singing, dancing and rejoicing over us.
That’s the picture painted for us in Zephaniah 3:17.
“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.”
That day when you whispered, “I believe,” He was rejoicing over you with loud singing. Just like a father overcome with joy and rapturous delight when he beheld his newborn child. He simply couldn’t hold back but burst into singing along the corridor of the hospital.
Those two words, “I believe” coming from your heart, sprung a spiritual rebirth that made God “rejoice over you with gladness.”
Nothing makes God glad than hearing you say, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Those words are like music to God’s ears and God “rejoice over you with singing.”
Even when you fail God and didn’t live up to what you have hoped yet “He will quiet you with His love.” Just like me telling my son, “I still love you.” when he failed the Second Language exams despite his best effort.
Perhaps right now you are feeling God seems so far away because of overwhelming relational conflicts, financial challenges, health issues, job losses and fear over the uncertain future. Be assured of this promise:
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save.”
Whenever you trust those words of His promise, you can be sure the Lord your God takes great delight as He looks at you.
“He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I believe you will be dumbfounded and speechless if you could hear God singing with elation and dancing ecstatically as He rejoices over you.
You have made Him glad because you believe, you trust and you cling on to Him.
I know with certainty for I feel the same way every time my children do the same.