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Old Oak Tree

Legend of the Forest Trees

One day, as God was listening To prayers that came to Him, He heard a whispered longing From a forest’s mighty limb. “O Lord”, it prayed, “let me be formed Into a palace fit For the most noble king on earth.” And God said, “So be it.”

Another tree then dared to ask To be a ship well known B men who sail on all the seas And live in every zone. The Father kindly looked on it And touched it with His hand, “You shall have your request in full But you may not understand.”

A third tree shyly prayed, “Dear God”, (And its leaves were aglow With its earnestness to serve its Lord) “Please let me always grow “With branches pointing heavenward To lead men’s thoughts to Thee.”

And God looked down on it with love And breathed, “This, too, shall be.”
The woodmen came and felled each tree And dragged them out one morn The first became a cattle shed Where the King of kings was born. They fashioned one to be a boat To sail on Galilee. From this the Master calmed the storm And leveled the rolling sea.

The tiny skiff has travelled far On sea, to every land, As men in faith have calmed their fears With His “Peace, be still!” command.
The third tree sadly hung its head, “They are making a cross of me!” But ever since, it has pointed men To the Christ of Calvary.


 

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?

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