“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
God is in the business of renewal. He wants you to succeed and wants to renew you, forgive you, redeem you and make you whole. Today’s verse is taken from the book of Zephaniah, an Old Testament prophet, who was delivering God’s words of judgement to the nation of Judah for their rebellious and evil actions towards the One True God. Yet God always promises a way out. He always leaves His hand open to reconciliation and forgiveness. And He always promises a new life for those who turn back to Him. Today’s verse is one of those promises, and also a clear pointer to the coming of Jesus Christ.
Who is the God who lived among us? Emmanuel, Jesus Christ. Even Jesus’ own name means Saviour (or the Lord saves). His perfect love does casts our all fears of judgement (1 John 4:18) because He renews us with His love and took our punishment for us. He sings joyful songs over us and delights in us with gladness. What an amazing picture of a God who wants to set us free from judgement and liberate us with His love. That love came in the form of Jesus Christ, who freely and purposefully laid down His life for us and gave us freedom from judgement. Now He rejoices over us, His children. He literally sings joyful songs over us. That is how much He delights in us.
Today’s verse is not only a promise of new life for the nation of Judah but a promise for all eternity for those who out their trust in Him. Be encouraged, God lives among us and He is our Saviour!!