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
I was at home one morning before work and it was snack time. I LOVE snack time! My wife Kristi brought the children one of the usual snacks, today was the cheese puffs. As I sat on the couch watching Joshua my 2-year-old (then) enjoy the crispy snack I began to smile at the strangest thing. I could hear Joshua crunching away at his snack, really enjoying every bite. It sounded like Snoopy on Charlie Brown Christmas eating that big stack of bones – really.
My smile was that of sheer pleasure as I observed Joshua’s delight. It made me think about how God delights, even sings over His children because of His great love for us. When we have joy, God has more joy. When we have pain, God has more pain.
We seem to forget that with all of our shortcomings, with all of our faults and failures that the God of the universe REJOICES over us. Can you imagine the song that God sings over you?
All of my children experienced their Daddy walking with them up and down the hallway or pacing in the kitchen floor singing to them as they struggled with sleeping, tummy aches or just plain fussiness and especially the times when everything was peachy, watching their little faces smile knowing that there are loved.
This is one of the characteristics of our heavenly Father. He models this behavior for us so that we might be more like Him and rejoice over our children, even sing over them.
Lord help us to recognize the Love that You have for us – a superior, unfailing love; a matchless love that can ONLY come from a holy heavenly Father. Allow our hearts to open up and embrace Your pure undying affection and share with the world the name – JESUS! – Amen