One of my favorite verses of Scripture is from a short little book from the Old Testament called Zephaniah. Itís a beautiful section of Scripture that elaborates on the love our Father in Heaven has for us.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."
It reminds me that Godís strength, his might is what saves. It reminds me that God isnít against me, doesnít hate me, but when I trust him and follow his plan for my life, it makes him happy, he delights in me. It reminds me that when life is in turmoil and when it seems hopeless, that Jesus told us in love to go to him for rest. And it reminds me that when all these pieces fall together, God sings a song over me.
Now these are all reminders for me. Maybe theyíre not reminders for you but rather itís the first time youíve ever heard that God feels this way about you. Maybe your father here on earth has never delighted in you or helped you through life just because he loved you, or ever even said he loved you. Maybe he never rejoiced over you and considered you a blessing. Maybe you never even knew your father, or maybe you wish youíd never known your father. His mistakes in life have become your burden.
Because of this your idea of God being a father to us has been hurt.
But he can save you from your mistakes and bad choices if you trust in his strength to save you. Romans 10:11 says "Anyone who trusts in him (God) will never be put to shame."
He wants you to know that if you trust in his strength to save he will be delight in you and have great pride in you.
He will take those burdens you have in your life, including the ones your earthly father may have laid on you and he and your church family will help you carry them.
He will rejoice over you with singing. And I donít care what youíre favorite song is or who your favorite singer is, whether itís those beautiful rich vocal chords of Barry Gibbs in ďNight FeverĒ (Thatís right I love me some Bee Gees), or whine of Justin Bieber singing about his baby, none of it compares to the beauty of the song God sings over you as he rejoices in seeing you trust him.
Pastor Josh Kendrick
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