The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17
This is one of my favorite Scriptures. Each phrase gives me so much comfort!
The Lord my God is with me… He is with me every moment, every day, every night. He is my God, my Lord. He is with me. Not was. Is. At this moment. I love that.
He is mighty to save. Mighty to save. Mighty to save. I am no great theologian and have so much to learn in my own spiritual walk, so if there is some great spiritual insight into that phrase I have no idea what it is. But taking it at face value, I read it as Him saying to me that no matter where am, no matter the depths, no matter how sticky the mud, no matter how sick I am – He is mighty to save me from it. He is strong enough to carry me through it and He will.
He will take great delight in me. Really? Seriously? When we are in the lowest of lows, feeling less than human, like the worst mom in the world, it is easy to feel utterly defeated. It is in those moments that I remember this promise – He will take great delight in me. Not just delight. Oh no! GREAT DELIGHT. How awesome is that?! He will take great delight in you. Not maybe, not if…He will. That makes me heart so glad.
He will quiet you with His love. Quiet. Oh, to be quiet. I don’t know about you, but when I was sick, there were times when I was screaming inside and outside. My thoughts would not stop, or I just felt dead inside. I just wanted peace and life again. He will quiet me with His love. Love. Peace. Quiet. Just picturing it calms my heart even now.
He will rejoice over you with singing. Rejoice? What possible reason could my God have to rejoice over me? Oh, honey, so many!! He loves you with an everlasting love and He is going to see you through this dark valley. And He will rejoice over you with singing. It is a promise, again, not an “if” or a “maybe.” I also think of a lullaby here. We long to sooth our little ones to sleep with a lullaby or to be soothed by a lullaby ourselves. (Again, I am no theologian, I am taking this at face value as it hits my heart.) I picture being wrapped in His arms, quieted by His love, and soothed by His rejoicing, His song, His lullaby.
The Lord my God is with me, holding me, comforting me, with strength – saving me. He is quieting me with His love, delighting in me, and soothing me, looking upon me with rejoicing and song.
I challenge you to memorize this verse. Pray it. When you are in a dark moment, full of anxiety, fear and/or sadness, say this or pray this.
I love you all! Here is Laura Story’s Mighty to Save…enjoy!