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 (Zephaniah 3:17 KJV)
The prophet Zephaniah spoke the words of comfort above to the nation of Israel. He reminds them the Lord, who was in the midst of them, is a mighty God. He is mighty to save. Remember, these prophets often spoke such prophetic words looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. The Jews might have dealt with present and challenging situations, but the prophetic word applied to their problems and the future.
Well, the Lord has fulfilled that Word in us today. He has saved us. The Savior came, died, rose from the dead, and is in heaven. We are now reconciled to the Father through the blood of Christ. Zephaniah continues and says the Lord will rejoice over us with joy and He will rest in His love. And as if that is not enough, he adds “He will joy over thee with singing”. In case you missed that, it means the Lord will receive you and will be singing as He does so, just as a happy father singing while holding the child.
Great things are spoken over you. Rest in the Father’s love and care.
How does the verse above apply to Luke 15:7 which says there is joy in heaven over one sinner who returns to the Father?
APPLY THE WORD
I want you to picture the scene discussed above. The Father receives you, holds you in His arms and is so thrilled that He does the singing Himself! He is singing over you. I wonder what song that would be!! You are that precious in the eyes of the Father. Throw that worry, fear, anxiety away! He cares for us more than we even know.
Thank the Father for the blessing of His endless love and care for us.