|Posted by Shivonne Costa on August 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM|
This week, I found myself amazed by a verse in the Old Testament. It can be found in the book of Zephaniah, chapter 3, verse 17.
"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
Take a moment and let that last part resonate in your heart. The Lord, the most powerful entity to ever exist, the Creator of all things, the Savior of my soul... He lowers himself as a servant to sing over me?
As the worship leader at our church, I am usually focused on how we, as a congregation sing, to HIM. We take our few moments out of the week to praise our God with songs of thanksgiving and to humble our hearts before Him in worship. But to think that the Lord does that for me when the verse says that He should rebuke me - but He chooses to rejoice over me instead... you guys, doesn't it just completely overwhelm you??
I remember as a child, there were many, many instances when I required a little rebuking! My parents spent time training me and and molding me to follow the path that Jesus had set for me. And yes, that did require me getting my pants kicked a few times! But at night, if I were sick, sad, or had any kind of emotional need, my parents would sit on the edge of my bed, softly stroke my hair, and sing over me as I fell asleep. There was a time and a need for rebuking... but there was also a time and a need for tenderness.
Now, well into adulthood, I still find myself requiring a bit of rebuking, far more often than I like to admit! But my God, in His infinate mercy, also sees my inner most needs. He knows my heart even better than I know it myself. And, even though I may not deserve it, He humbles himself, leaving His mighty throne to kneel beside me and sing His words of love over me when I need it most.
Friends, I don't know about you, but that not only humbles me tremendously, but it fills me with such trust in God. He didn't just create me and then leave me. He chose to stay connected and pour Himself out on ME - just one, small, seemingly insignificant person in this universe.
And He wants to do the same for you. As you find your quiet moments this week, allow yourself to listen for that sweet voice that your heart knows better than your ears. And remember that even in your most lonely, desperate hour, your heavenly Father is singing over you.