"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

 

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”          (Zephaniah 3:17 – NIV)

Zephaniah 3:17 includes an interesting description of God singing over people: “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.”

Two important observations about this passage: first, singing represents God’s joy. The Hebrew phrase translated “he will rejoice over you with singing” can also be translated literally as “he rejoices over you with a shout of joy.”

Second, God’s singing parallels the singing of His people in Jerusalem. “Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion!” (verse 14). This unit of poetry begins with the people of Jerusalem singing praise to God and ends with God singing over His people. God rejoices with His people, and He expresses joy when His people praise Him.

The question then is, why is God so joyful? This passage of Zephaniah speaks of a future time when God has ended His judgment upon Israel. All of their enemies have been destroyed, and Israel is entering a time of safety and blessing (verses 8, 15, 19). Zephaniah is speaking of the future millennial kingdom when the Messiah (Jesus) will reign with His people in Jerusalem (Isaiah 9:7Revelation 20:1–6).

The word picture in Zephaniah 3:17 is full of emotion. God the Father is the One who holds His daughter Jerusalem and sings joyfully in her presence. Just as a loving parent cradles a child and sings out of love, so God’s song over His people is born of His great love. After a time of hardship, our loving Lord dries His people’s tears, comforts their hearts, and welcomes them to a new world.

Finally, Jesus also taught in the New Testament that “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10). Whether or not God Himself sings in this passage is not made clear, but it is clear there is rejoicing in God’s presence when those who are lost repent and are made right with God (Ephesians 2:8–9John 3:16).

“What Does it Mean That God Rejoice Over Us With Singing?” GotQuestions.org. What Does It Mean That God Will Rejoice Over Us With Singing?


Many of us spend a lot of time punishing ourselves for being a failure.  We fail at raising our kids, our marriage, our job and the beat goes on.  Consider the  people in the Bible who failed over and over again.  Moses killed a man, David committed adultery and then had his lover’s husband killed.  We all know what Peter did; he denied Jesus three times.

All these men failed miserably but they were not failures.  They pressed on and became all that God intended them to be.  All of us fail but we are not what we do…our identity is not in our failures, it’s in the fact that we are “the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”.   (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It’s impossible to be the righteousness of God and be a failure at the same time.  If we can get up after we fall, we are winners.  ” I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me.”   Romans 8:37

So get up, dust yourself off and thank God for who you are and that you cannot be a failure!.  


The Bible is full of God’s promises. There are so many that I’m not sure how long it would take to list them all so I’ve selected ten of the ones that I think you will find very comforting. There are so many references that I didn’t list them but if you are a Bible-reader, you’ll find them familiar and if you’re not, it would make a great study for you to search for them.

1. The Lord hears me when I call to Him and He accepts my prayer.
2. In peace I will lie down and sleep for You alone Lord, make me dwell in safety.
3. You are helper of the fatherless and the widow.
4. Those who know Jesus will see Your face.
5. The Holy Spirit has sealed us for redemption and guarantees our inheritance..
6. You never forsake those who seek You.
7. You do not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
8. You observe everyone on earth.
9. You will fill us with joy in Your presence with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
10. Look up, for your redemption draws near. (my personal favorite!)

If you want to know Jesus and be able to claim these promises, please email me via the contact page.


You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life is recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

How precious are Your thoughts about me, Oh God. When I wake You are still with me. You let me rest in green meadows You find me quiet pools to drink from. You renew my strength and you guide me along right paths.

Search me God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Show me anything in me that offends You and lead me in the way everlasting.

(Paraphrased from Psalm 23 and Psalm 139.)

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