The theme for this week: Rest in Him.
I think we can all use it.
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. (Zephaniah 3:17).
There’s a whole lot of great theology packed into this verse. Walk through it with me, would you?
The Lord your God is with you The God of the Universe, he who created everything—by which I mean everything—with his spoken word, is on your side. He wants you to succeed; he wants you to prosper.
He is mighty to save This one who is on your side is the Lord of the Universe. He has the power to protect you, to care for you. Look, I love you, my friend, but what can I do? God, on the other hand—when he says he’ll protect you, you know you’re protected.
He will take great delight in you This same Lord of the Universe we’re talking about? He doesn’t just love you. He likes you. He delights in you. You, Beloved. You make his heart sing.
He will quiet you with his love God’s love has the power to calm that stressed out heart of yours. I remember when my kids were little. Sometimes they would be upset, and I could scoop them up into my arms, hold them close, and feel their anxiety melt away. God wants to do that with you, Beloved.
He will rejoice over you with singing You. Your Father is filled with joy over you.
Notice, nothing is said about how much you deserve all this—or don’t—so get the self-incrimination out of the way. Just read the words—two or three or ten times—and let them sink deep. Let him quiet you with his love this morning.
Happy Monday, Beloved.