“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
This verse is packed with promises. Each line provides the child of God with another source of comfort and strength. These promises will prove to be an antidote to worry, fear, loneliness and despair.
“The Lord your God is in your midst”
Look around, wherever you might find yourself God promises to be with you. The psalmist declared that it is impossible to flee from the presence of God. We find both Jonah and the prodigal son testing this concept. No matter how far they ran or carefully they hid they found it impossible to shake the presence of the Lord. Although you might not see, hear or feel Him, God promises to be with you in the midst of whatever situation you find yourself.
“He Mighty One will save”
God promises not to be a passive observer but active participant in the challenging seasons of life. Zephaniah declares that it is the Lord Himself who will be mighty to save. The word save means to deliver. God has no rival or equal. He stands above all creation and wields His might over every situation. His children have seen seas part, walls fall and provision come miraculously from heaven’s throne. God stands in the midst of the circumstances His children face with the purpose of providing deliverance. His first objective is of course our salvation from sin but He also promises to deliver from the threats we are facing and the trials that seem to consume us.
“He will quiet you with His love”
Another translation reads, “With his love, he will calm all your fears.” Life is scary. When we are young it is the tree branch banging against the window or a shadow in the hallway that fills our hearts with dread. As we age the threats become much more ominous and real. Instead of crying out in the night for our parents we can take shelter under the protective wings of the Love of God. The zenith of His love was expressed on the cross but expressions of that love are available to us daily. When our circumstances lead us to cry out to God, His love beckons Him to our side to quiet or fears and fill us with His comforting peace.
“He will rejoice over you with gladness”
“He will rejoice over you with singing”
Thousands of songs have been written to express love and gratitude to God for who He is and what He has done. One of the great benefits of the weekly gathering of the church is to express corporately in song our love for God. We sing of His grace, mercy, kindness, provision and power but Zephaniah declares that we are not the only one singing. God is also a songwriter and the subject of His love song is His children. I can only imagine what a bellowing voice the God of heaven must have. When He opens His mouth and begins to rejoice over you with a song the heavens themselves must shake under the sway of His powerful voice.
Whatever today holds, don’t forget who it is that is holding you. You don’t have to climb a mountain or make a pilgrimage to find Him. He is in your midst and mighty to save.