A while back, Bethany and I were hanging out with our friend Josh. I can’t remember the details, but I think he needed to write a worship song for homework at Bible college, or something. Anyway, he strung together a few chords and effortlessly turned the last few verses of Zephaniah 3:17 into a song. (One that I still sing regularly.)
“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.” 3:17
I liked the way the Bible Project broke down this book for us, describing how Zephaniah shows us God is equally just and loving.
Reread that verse above. God is with us. He is mighty to save. He celebrates with us delightfully. He calms our fears with his perfect peace. And he sings over us, like a loving parent comforting their child.
That verse sneaks up on you at the end of such an intense book, doesn’t it? How can this Old Testament, fire-and-brimstone God love us so gently and intimately? Sing over us?! I like singing that verse (and the catchy tune, thank you Josh). It snaps me back to the truth about God; he doesn’t abandon us in our sin or to our enemies. He has a plan for us and will continue to be with us.
God loves us very, very deeply and will fully restore all brokenness.
I’ve felt quieted by his love lately from my anxiety. Where have you seen God doing something from verse 17 in your life recently?