While I was sitting in the hospital staring at my beautiful child, my mind went to a verse in Zephaniah; my wife’s favorite verse…
"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17
I am in no way stating that my entrance into fatherhood is exactly how our Father loves us, but that I merely saw a glimpse of that love so pure and exciting that you want to queue the choir singing.
May you know of this love. May you know that you have a Father, who when He looks down on you He wants to shout it from the mountaintops. When He looks down He sees Christ’s righteousness so perfectly displayed on us. God loves us not for what we do, but because we are His.
He is in our midst. He is present. Satan tends to creep in and make us feel like we are alone in this world. If we could know that God is not only with us, but that it is his pride and joy to be with us, how much more of a comfort would that
Not only is He with us, but He is mighty. Where did we run when the lightning crashed and the winds blew when we were young? Where did we find safety and comfort? We ran to our fathers. May we find comfort knowing that we are running to the Father who has the ability to actually calm the storm. This mighty Father also saves us. He sent His only son to do just that…save us.
Then He rejoices....over US. The ones he had to send His only son to save. He is rejoicing over us with the most beautiful singing our ears have ever heard. It brings me to tears to know that He would look down on ME, be with me, save me and want to burst with excitement and loud singing over me. He isn’t sitting there tapping his foot and looking down in disgust, but He desires to sing over us.
Shane & Shane sums this up perfectly in their song called, Mercy Reigns. “No ear has heard a melody as sweet as Yours for her. It seems too good, so undeserved. My heart faints now, for we are her.”
This is how our Father loves us. We are the recipients of the most beautiful love song ever heard. We are undeserving, but we are grateful.
As we celebrate our fathers this weekend may you share with others that there is a Father who loves us and wants to sing over us. May we shout this from the mountaintops.