The Lord Rejoices

A friend of mine loves the Jewish people and her husband does, too. One of her favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17:

Zep 3:17, (KJV):  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

When I went to the Bible to read Zephaniah 3:17, I glanced at the verses above and the ones below verse 17. They seem to be saying what I was mentioning in yesterday’s blog. The Jewish people will come under the rule of God at the end of the age and be glad to do so, at least a remnant of the Israel nation.

Zep 3:13  The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Zep 3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Zep 3:15  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Zep 3:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Zep 3:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Zep 3:18  I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

Zep 3:19  Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

Zep 3:20  At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

After all these years of reading God’s Word, the idea of God rejoicing over people, resting in His love for them, and showing joy over the ones that follow God and seek Him with singing – it stretches my thinking. I’ve heard God wants relationship with His followers and I know He loves me, He proves it often. I’m humbled by His love. To think He will sing over those He saves, over those He loves and delivers. This is the God of the Universe, the Great I Am.

It boggles my mind that God loves imperfect mankind.

Have a wonderful evening or day, depending on your time zone and the time of day you read.

May God bless you!

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