In the midst of impending judgment and wrath, Abba still gives sweet words of encouragement and endearment to bring courage and hope to a remnant still waiting to see His restoration.
Zephaniah 3:17 “[YHVH] your [Elohim] 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.” ~ESV
See it in the Amplified version: “[YHVH] your [Elohim] is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior (yoshiah) [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing (rinnah).”
What a precious love song that must be!
The first Adam chose to blame his bride when confronted with disobedience. Oh, what continued pain and separation husbands and wives inflict on one another to this day through blame and shame. But, the Second Adam, Yeshua, chose instead to cover His Bride’s shame and sought reconciliation with the Father on her behalf. In fact, He took her punishment upon Himself and cleansing her with His blood will one day present to the Father a spotless Bride.
How humbling indeed to know that the very One we have brought such pain through our rebellion will choose to be still, not acting in judgment as we deserve. Instead, He will forgive our shame, choosing to take such great joy in us that He bursts out in glee singing a song of love over us! Wow, that is our Beloved, folks! May we learn to quickly forgive and let His blood cover the sins of our loved ones and practice His song of love over them as we rejoice and find peace in His love for us. And, may we forgive ourselves, receive His covering, and move forward in gentle service of those we are called to serve and love.
I encourage you to spend time in the Book of Zephaniah. There are so many nuggets of gold that are treasures for our day. He is bringing restoration. May we see it and enter into it, even if the fires of refinement burn just a bit ☺.
Singing a Song of Joy in my Redeemer, and rejoicing more in His Song over me!
Rena, meaning Song of Joy, as the name, Carol