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 (NIV)
That is exactly what I need. What’s that? I need to be quieted and calmed inside. What’s going on? Why do you need to be quieted inside? I’m sure you know. There is not a thought I think, word I speak or deed I do that is surprising to you. You know every detail of my past, present and future. Nothing is hidden from you. That’s true. So, why would I ask you a question like, “What’s going on?” since I know every minute detail of what is going on in your life? In fact, I know far more about what is going inside you and around than you will ever know. You are definitely not looking for new information from me. No, I am not. You must want to engage in a conversation with me. That’s true. Why do you suppose I want to engage in a conversation with you? You love me. You want me to come to know you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to engage in an ongoing conversation with you through the seconds, hours, days, and years of my life. Yes, I do.
What has happened to you as you have engaged in an ongoing conversation with me? I have started to come to know you. I have begun to live in an intimate relationship with you. I have started to comprehend how much you love me. In the beginning I had little idea what it meant when you saved me from a life without you. Now, I know that I am not all alone. I could not comprehend that you were with me to help me. Now, I know that you are on my side. Yes, I am. Now I know that, you take great delight in me. That’s right. Now I know that, you rejoice over me with singing. Yes, I do. I am special to you. Yes, you are.
Let’s return to the start of our conversation. Where did we start? You don’t remember? No, not really. You said that you needed to be quieted and calmed down inside. Yes, I did. What about now? Are you still needing to be quieted and calmed down inside? No, you have calmed me. You have quieted me. As I have rested in your presence you have filled me with your peace. As we have engaged in our conversation your love has calmed all my fears and made me able to live in your peace. That is very good. Yes, it is.
Lord, help me to come to fully comprehend how much you love me. You are with me to help me. You will fight with me. You will fight for me. You will fight through me. You take great delight in me. You quiet me with your love. You rejoice over me with singing
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