“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)
As I have shared in an earlier blog, this is one of my all time favorite verses in Scripture. And let me tell you why…
When I was a little girl, my dad would come into my room every morning and awaken me with song. One of his favorite tunes was “Good Morning” from the musical “Singin’ in the Rain:”
“Good mornin’ Good mornin’ – it’s great to stay up late. Good mornin’ Good mornin’ to you.”
He was no Gene Kelly, but my dad’s sweet voice brought a huge smile across my face. Fast forward a little to my teen years. Dad’s musical style would then reflect his country and western love and sometimes I’d hear a rendition of a Merle Haggard tune or a cowboy song by Webb Pierce. Needless to say at the somewhat delicate/tumultuous age of 13 and on, my response to his singing changed to “Come on Dad, puh-lease!!!” And I’d roll over with a “HaRumph” and go into the deeper recesses of my covers. Now however, as an adult with adult children, I cherish these sweet memories and I hold them dear to my heart. I want to shout it from the rooftop with pride and love that I have a daddy who sang to me, who has always loved and adored me.
PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT
Unfortunately in our broken world today, there are many who cannot say the same about their earthly fathers. So, I am going to tell you that you do have an eternal heavenly Father who does take great delight in you, so much so that He even sings over you. The enemy wants to whisper in your ear that this cannot be true. “Just look at all the pain and suffering around you! You’re not good enough! You’ve messed up too many times!” You may have been rejected or abandoned or abused, but I want to share with you that you are loved and precious in His sight! God doesn’t see you through the skewed lens of shame, hurt and sin as we tend to view the world and one another. He sees us through the eyes of His perfect Son, who bore the penalty of our sinfulness. God sees us as clean and redeemed and lovely and as we truly are – made glorious by the blood of the Lamb.
GOOD, GOOD FATHER
I love the words from the song Aaron introduced to us last Sunday by Patt Barrett and Anthony Brown titled Good, Good Father (copyright 2014).
“You’re a good, good Father. It’s who You are…. And I’m loved by You. It’s who I am.”
Let me say it again – You are loved! May your heart absorb the eternal truth of this! Despite the struggles you are going through or what may come, hold on to the knowledge that your Father is good and you are loved by Him. Envision Him singing over you, as a parent over a child. Because that is who He is!