16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.
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.”
Sadness can sap the soul of all joy in the Lord. Oh, we’ll go through the motions of praise and worship and prayer, but any mention of joy will be half-hearted. I had such a time just last night, and it took a good night’s rest to clear the funk away. Of course, the Psalmist tells us:
4 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
And so joy DID come in the morning, but I wasn’t sure why until I remembered Zephaniah’s words to Israel. The prophet told Jerusalem that the Lord God Himself rejoiced over their salvation. And not only did God rejoice over them, He did so with SINGING!
Isn’t that a beautiful image: the Lord singing over us like a mama singing over her baby’s crib? Or perhaps He sings with a boiterous baritone with great choruses of joy and blessings. Or – and I like this image even better – God sings over us and gently urges us to join in His song.
Whatever our circumstances today – work troubles, missing a loved one, feeling alone, an uncertain future – we should know this: God loves us and He sings songs of joy over our hearts to heal us. He soothes us and empowers us and saves us. That is the God Almighty we worship: a singer of songs of joy.
Precious Lord God, thank You for the joy You have brought me this day. Thank You for Your Word upon my heart that has uplifted me. Teach me how You do that, Lord, teach me how to rejoice in song today. I will sing more than joy, I will sing praises to Your name. Amen.