RESTING on GOD’s POWER, DELIVERANCE and LOVE
September 30 Bible Reading: Zephaniah Chapters 1-3
"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)
In the above verse, prophet Zephaniah describes God’s victory and admiration for His redeemed people. As a victorious Redeemer, God will be their Savior. God’s love will be seen as deeply felt thoughtfulness and admiration. God’s satisfaction with His people will be expressed through His demonstrative singing.
Thus, the future messianic age will be a cause for great joy for the Lord (v. 17) and His people (v. 14). All sources of fear and sorrow will be removed, because the Lord Himself will dwell in their midst (vv. 15, 17). “Quiet you with His love” is a beautiful description reminiscent of God’s forgiveness, and His refusal to remember man’s iniquitous acts (Psalms 32:1, 2; Jer. 31:34; Ezek. 33:16). He will actually rest in His love; there will be no cause in Israel to elicit judgment or rebuke.
The people of God would be called to respond because their deliverance had come. They would take encouragement and strength from the new reality that their God lived among them. The people would rejoice and sing because their discipline is ended, their enemy has been defeated, they are part of the kingdom of God and the Lord Jehovah is ruling over them as their King.
We too can find hope in times of difficulty if we focus on God’s power, God’s deliverance, and God’s love. He is our King (3:15), our Savior (3:16–17a), and our Beloved (3:17b). He will rejoice over us with gladness. This delight is grounded in the character of God, who “delights in mercy”.
If we delight in the Lord and obey Him, He delights in us and shares His best with us. If we sin, He will chasten us in love. If we turn to Him in repentance, He will forgive us and restore our joy and peace: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely” (Hos. 14:4). Let us rest on God's power, deliverance and love today!