Thursday, December 12, 2013

You are known!




Just read the words above again, even if you already have and let them seep into your heart and soul.
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.
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

This was my verse for quiet time this morning and oh how happy it made me.  So much so, that I decided to share it with you.

There are several nuggets of goodness or treasures for us in these verses.  The first is that God is in our midst, or God is with us.  He hasn't forgotten us or forsaken us, He is with us.  We know that Christ came to earth, 100% God and 100% man.  We can't begin to understand that, and we aren't meant to.  But by faith we believe.  And if we are Christians, we know that Christ died for our sins, and he rose again.  And this verse is referencing him when it says, God is in our midst, "a mighty one who will save."

Another gem in this verse, is that God rejoices over us with gladness. Now he isn't rejoicing over sinners, he is rejoicing over his children. Just as Jesus states in Matthew 18:12-13 while telling the parable of the lost sheep, "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray." (ESV, emphasis added)

When we come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, God rejoices over us! The God of the universe is rejoicing over little ol' me? YES!  We are important. We have worth.

God loves us. The next treasure in this verse is that God will quiet us by his love.  This doesn't mean that God loves us so he smites us, or makes us mute.  No, what it means is that God quiets our fears.  He calms us by loving us.  There is no need to worry or stress, because God's love sustains us. 

And the last pearl in this verse, is one that really gets me excited.  And I know how in the world am I not already just bursting with joy- and I am.  But I love to sing and the last line of this verse states, "He will exult over you with loud singing." Now if you are like me, you basically get the gist of what exult means, but let me share with you what my Google search revealed about the word:
exult is a verb and it means to "show or feel elation or jubilation, especially as the result of a success."  So when we become Christians, God feels jubilation and elation and shows that by singing over us loudly! And I imagine it is the best sound ever heard because let's face it God wouldn't be singing off key! ;-)

Can you imagine this? God gets excited over his children being saved. Because despite what many people say, God is a loving God.  He doesn't send people to Hell.  We because of our own sins and actions are paving our own ways there.  But God, who is full of mercy and grace, sent Jesus to save us when we did not deserve it, even a little bit.  And when a person accepts that gift of salvation through Jesus that God has given to them, He rejoices! He exults! He calms or quiets and He sings! 

Anytime, you are feeling lonely or depressed.  If you're feeling unloved and sad, remember that if you are a child of God, He is with you, first of all- you aren't alone.  He loves you, secondly and quiets your worried heart and mind.  He is rejoicing over you, He knows you, He thinks about you. He is elated over you with jubilation and sings a song over you. You are a treasure and you fill Heaven with joy.  So now, in light of all of this, we should be filling the earth with joy as well!

 Love in Christ, 

Alyson

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