The thought of God’s joy over us penetrated deep into my heart this morning. God is rejoicing over you with singing. Yes, I will say it again, God rejoices over you with singing. I write this today as a reflection on the sermon I heard this morning based on Zephaniah 3:14-20.
For temperaments who need a lot of love and affection like the Supines or temperaments with low self-esteem like Melancholies, this is especially meaningful. His love and joy is limitless and therefore can fill us continually if we are in connection with Him; without any hindrance. His joy over us can supercede our tendency to think less of ourselves; to not value who we are. God isn’t going to be rejoicing over someone he doesn’t value.
What Our Father’s Love Does
I am reminded of the parable of the prodigal son. The father is waiting in hopeful anticipation for his son to return home. And when he sees him coming far off in the distance, he doesn’t wait. He pulls up his robes and runs to him with open arms. He is overjoyed by the return of his son; the restoration of their relationship and he wants to celebrate.
This makes me think of when my own son returned from being away from home for a semester in college. My joy at seeing him again and being with him again was immeasurable. I feel the same way now as I wait in anticipation for my mom to arrive for Christmas. I haven’t spent Christmas with my mom in many years because of our geographical distance and financial constraints. But this year, she will be here and I am joyfully anticipating our time together.
That’s how our God is with us. He’s celebrating our relationship being restored thanks to what His son, Jesus did on the cross for us. As the verse in Zephaniah says, “in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” There is no more condemnation; only love and the joy that comes with it. Let’s celebrate in response and join the party. Merry Christmas!