"The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."
We talked about God's love in Sunday School and I was blown away again by just how incredible it is. In church Pastor Bob talked about our sin and how great it is. How great is our God! That He would look at us, deep in our sin, reeking with the stench of it and He LOVES us!! That is true love. He loved us so much that He was willing to send His only son to die for our sins, to suffer and take the punishment. That is love- greater than any love I know or will ever know. Greater than the love I will ever have for my husband or children, greater than the love my parents have for me.
I love that verse in Zephaniah. When I'm having a bad day and wishing I was someone other than myself, someone prettier, smarter, funnier, wiser, I read this verse. He will take great delight in you. He takes delight in me! He smiles down on me, affirming His love and affection. He loves me despite my many imperfections and sin. He loves me for who I am and He's not letting go. He has declared that I am HIS! His daughter.
So as I sat I was reminded of the song "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Chris Tomlin. Here's the chorus:
How can I keep from singing your praise?
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is your love.
How can I keep from shouting your name?
I know I am loved by the King
and it makes my heart want to sing.
It does make my heart sing! I wanted to leave that classroom and go right back upstairs and play the worship set again! I don't know. It just makes me really happy to think about. It's freeing, to know that even in the darkest night, in the loneliest moment, when the tears fall He is there and He loves me. Praise God! Sit for a moment today and praise Him for the love He has for you. Relax and rejoice, for you, my friend, are loved by God.