“Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel… Zephaniah 3:14.
We know that we are to ‘sing to Him.’ That is tradition from the beginning of time. We can always picture the church and the song.
But we need to remember, that He joins in and sings over you and me. God inhabits the praises of His people, and He rejoices over you and me with singing. Do you think about this? This is the word of the Lord to Zephaniah,
Zephaniah 3: 16,17,
‘In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem,
“ Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.
The LORD your God in your midst,
the Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you in His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”’
But we are shown something in these verses.That this NOT a time when everything is going wonderful and ‘everything is going your way’ and you feel like singing – quite the opposite.
Take note, ‘in that day…do not fear; …let not your hands be weak, He will quiet you with His love.’
This tells us that there will come a day, and that we naturally will fear, and become weak. This might be a sad day, a sad, sad day – just like chapters 1 and chapters 2 in the Book of Zephaniah.
But chapter 3 of Zephaniah says,
“Sing… be glad and rejoice with all your heart,…
The LORD has taken away thy judgements, he has cast out your enemy.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;”
Maybe we are told to sing because we’re reminded what is true and the truth will set us free. As we sing, He casts out the enemy of fear and discouragement, and doubt. And He sings over us.
God is not pacing the floors in heaven. His ways our not our ways. He doesn’t worry about us, He ‘suffers’ us, or in other words, He allows us to have our freewill.
We’ve been told,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
He is not standing over us disappointed and worried. God is love. His love is a trusting love.
God’s love does not demand its own way. Remember 1 Corinthians 13? To think that God’s love, as recorded in the Living Bible, ‘will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.’ God’s love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.’ (1 Corinthians 13:5). God’s love is loyal unto death, He bears all things. God’s love always believes , God’s love hopes, God’s love is enduring.
God sees our failures, He knows we miss the mark. But He is drawing us unto Himself by His love.
Romans 2:4, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”
He sees the end from the beginning. And He is …
“ patient and kind,” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
God’s love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8).
So, we have reason to sing to Him. Always,
even in the sad day. Even in the day of trouble.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
And this will be your song in that day…
“And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:1,2.
‘for YAH, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation.’
We sing, because there is power in the song – the Lord is in the song!