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)
If I need anything, I surely need that. You surely need what? I need you to quiet me with your love. Tell me more about your need. It seems like the world is spinning out of control. Not only that, and more importantly, I feel like the world around me, my world, the world I live in, is spinning out of control. Why do you feel that way? There is instability and pain and suffering and confusion all around me. It feels like the earth and the people in it, me included, are going through a great shaking. How are you doing personally? I’m hanging on, by that I don’t mean I am barely hanging on or that I am hanging on by a shoestring or just getting by. What do you mean? You are helping me to hold on to you. I feel secure and strong in you. Yet, I have not been left untouched by pain. Life is not free and easy. I am feeling some of the weight of the world. I am carrying some heavy burdens for specific people who are in very painful circumstances. What are you doing with your burdens? How are you praying for people who are in great need? With tears, I am crying out to you. It feels like I am living in constant intercession for those who are in need all around me. Then this is a new place for you, isn’t it? Yes, for me to be praying nearly constantly is something new. Even when I am not praying with my own conscious thoughts and words, it feels like your Spirit is praying with groans within me. That is exactly what my Spirit is doing within you.
What do you need to do right now? I need to come to you. I need to draw near to you. I need to come into your presence. I need to take shelter with you in this storm. I need you to protect me. I need you to strengthen me. I need you to keep on quieting me with your love. What do you know? You are my Savior. You have saved me. You will save others as I bring them to you. Yes, I will. You will comfort me. You will keep on quieting me with your love. You delight in me. You are rejoicing over me with singing. You will help me through these turbulent times. You will come to my aid. You will hear and answer my prayers. I am not alone. You are with me to help me. Yes, I am with you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will hear and answer your prayers. Keep on living in this place of intercession that I have brought you. I am doing a work in and through you. Rejoice and give thanks and praise to me, as I lead you through these turbulent times. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for saving me and making me able to know and love you. It is amazing to learn that you delight in me. Help me to be quieted by your love. The idea that you rejoice over me with singing is astounding. Help me to give all thanks and praise to you. Amen
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