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.”
Can you imagine Buddha up in heaven rejoicing over you as you become his follower? Oh, he’s dead, I guess he can’t do that…
Well, maybe Muhammad singing over you and rejoicing in your being his disciple? No… he’s dead too.
OK, how about one of those million+ Hindu gods? Are they jumping for joy at your offering this week? No, they just want you to sacrifice to appease them so they don’t curse you more. I am pretty sure there is no rejoicing going on there.
So, why would anyone even want to follow these gods, gods who are dead or who just has to be appeased to keep from cursing you?
Actually, I can kind of understand. I was once my own god. I followed my ways, what I wanted to do, completely driven by myself. This is now the most popular god in the world – self. In the end, everyone doing what they want, trying to get others to do what they want… it just becomes a big MESS.
Yes, it is a mess, so what do I do?
What an amazing thing it was, that when I turned my heart, repented and followed Jesus, I found He was right there, in my midst. I found that He was waiting to rejoice over me with gladness and that He could quiet me and my soul with His love. And then to find out that He rejoiced over me with singing! What a loving, wonderful heavenly Father. Thank you Jesus for being who you are.
Do you know what it is like to have someone rejoice over you? To continually be with you and care about the smallest details of your life? To quiet the chaos in your mind and soul with love? If not, call out for Jesus today – He is listening.
Note: Thank you to my church, 26:8 and our guest pastor Doug for sharing reminding me of this verse from Zephaniah this week and making it real to me that God is singing over me today.