“Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. 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 3:16-17
O Lord you are here with me sitting at this table, walking in the kitchen, doing laundry, loving babies, mopping floor and teaching school – You are in the midst of my home, my life. And you’re not here feeling slightly uncomfortable, put out or disgusted – You are here with joy. Rejoicing over me with gladness, quieting me lovingly and loudly exulting over me ~ Why?
Because You are mighty to save
You look on me and see Jesus
You dwell with me as with your Son
You have changed me so that your glory is revealed and you rejoice
There isn’t annoyance, no standard to meet for Christ met that on the cross. I am yours and You rejoice
I am justified by Your grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus ~Rom. 3:24
But I interpret so much of life through the veil of performance forgetting that You tore the veil! So I can fill with fear, dread, fatigue, defeat, disappointment and then assign to You anger, frustration, impatience, wrath, disgust, or apathy towards me because of my performance.
My hands will grow weak, hang limp – I will falter, stumble or stagnate. This can be in the big stuff or little things – I’ve noticed the days I don’t want to “do” are often the days of discouragement and defeat.
But I have forgotten the Gospel!
Why is it so easy to forget?
Galatians 5:4, 25 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery… If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.“
The Gospel is my only filter, the only lens through which to view my day. Only then can I understand His response to me is really His response to Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and I am new. The sin debt is paid. His wrath is removed.
He is in my midst
He rejoices over me with gladness – He is glad when I cry out to Him and seek His wisdom. He welcomes my needs and fears.
He quiets me with His love – He stills and calms me like a mother with an infant can soothe the tears. He quiets me – His love is so placating, so consuming, and so steadfast – It doesn’t ebb and flow.
He exults over me with loud singing. This verb exult has implications of dancing even! His joy stems from His grace – To know the Gospel, to know the richness and vastness of God’s grace for the believer – He never wavers from joy.