For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
The power of a song is astounding. While at work recently, in the background I heard the radio playing a song I had not heard in decades and was instantly transported back to my best friend Susie’s basement where we sang along to records and dreamed of being superstars. Such a joyful memory of care-free days! I wondered how Susie was doing and if her beautiful voice had made her dream come true. We had lost touch as she moved out of the country during high school. One song brought so many emotions and a prompt to make an effort to reconnect with a friend. We all have those songs in our lives – the ones that can elevate or deflate our moods with the melodies, the lyrics or the memories they invoke.
God, the Creator of all good things, made music and song as an avenue of communicating praise, worship, love and even prayer. Songs and music allow us to worship Jesus, sing our babies to sleep or express love to one another. As we are created in His image, our songs are echoes of how God uses singing to demonstrate His love for us as we read in Zephaniah 3:17.
This revelation has really impacted my realization of just how much Jesus loves me. One of my most poignant wedding memories was my husband singing to me. The words of the song spoke of love during changing seasons of life. The memory of my groom singing to me makes me feel even more loved now as many seasons have gone by and his love has only deepened. This memory gives way to imagining God singing over me, reminding me of His unfailing love and faithfulness in every season of life.
“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5
Singing shows delight and love in a way that simply spoken words cannot. When I sing, I am adding more passion to the expression. Similarly, when I imagine God singing over me, I get a deeper look at His heart.
There is also the staying power of a song in our memories, like that “classic” song of the 1970’s that caused my mind to time travel to my best friend’s basement. Jesus wants us to live in continual reassurance of His love towards us and all that entails, be it salvation, comfort, provision, healing or protection. As a song made me want to reconnect with a childhood friend, God’s divine love song inspires us to draw closer to the Source of that love.
Today, in the midst of the noise and distraction, God is rejoicing over you – singing with exuberant joy! Open your heart and spiritual ears and listen for the love song of the One who knows you better than anyone on earth. You are His treasure, His much loved daughter. Let that song carry you through this season, connecting you more closely with the Singer.
A speaker, author and licensed minister, Grace Gardiner partners with her husband pastoring a church planted during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a clinical secretary in the ICU of a local hospital. Grace’s passion is encouraging women to deepen their relationship with God and each other. Connect with Grace at http://www.seasonswithgrace.ca.
We thank you, Grace, for your contribution to this month’s publication of Titus-two.com, talking about The Father’s Love.
You are loved to Heaven and Back ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary