Thursday, January 12, 2012

Love: Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph 3:17 NKJV).

There’s so much noise in the world. And sometimes it’s hard to get away from it. From the time we wake up in the morning till we go to sleep, we can hear innumerable sounds—the radio, traffic, people chatting, a baby’s cry, children laughing, sirens, and construction. Some sounds we want to hear; others we can’t avoid. But noise isn’t only on the outside. At times a tumult arises in our hearts. It can be so loud that we can’t think straight—anxiety over a problem, fear of the unknown, sorrow of some kind, or spiritual conflict.

In Zephaniah 3:17, we find a love that quiets us and a sound that we’d want to hear. God calms our hearts with His love, and He rejoices over us with singing. His love brings us peace, and He takes joy in us through song. I wonder what it sounds like to hear God sing. If the ocean had a voice, that might be close enough.

God’s love calms the storms in our hearts. Through His word and in so many ways, He reassures us that He is with us and He cares about what we’re going through. Nothing is too big for Him to handle. We may seem small compared to the troubles we face, but God is big enough to handle any anxiety, fear, sorrow, or conflict we have. We’re small enough to fit in the palm of His hand, and He holds us close to His heart. It’s safe there. He is our loving heavenly Father, and He is our Mighty One. He saves, rescues, heals, and restores. His love is our sustaining power and our peace in difficult times and good times. He is our joy, and when we get to heaven, we will finally hear what His voice sounds like. Whatever you’re facing, find quietness in His love today and rest in His joy.

More verses on God's love and quietness in our souls: Psalm 42:11; Jeremiah 31:3; 1 John 4:16; Jeremiah 32:40

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