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)
A few weeks ago, I mentioned I’d taken a little job, working one morning a week as a senior caregiver to an elderly, bedridden man who’s slowly succumbing to the effects of dementia. Though his ability to respond to verbal commands is limited, his smile lights up a room. No doubt that’s what won his wife’s heart years ago.
As I moved to the nearby kitchen to prepare his breakfast, his remarkably short-statured wife rose from her plush recliner, shuffled ever so slowly in her therapeutic shoes over to his bed stationed in the family room near the front window, captured his gaze…
And rejoiced over him in song.
At the sound of her aged and strained, yet angelic, voice-some vaguely familiar tune the likes of a morning prayer-I stilled at the stove and turned to stare, yes, making a voyeur of myself during their tender interlude.
But, y’all, the moment drew the breath from my lungs.
At the vision, the verse from Zephaniah surfaced in my memory.
Written in future tense, this verse references the future of Jerusalem and God’s promise to restore Israel.
And I hear God rejoicing over me today. Now. No matter my darkest sorrows or highest highs. His delight in me (make that, great delight) is not limited to times of strict obedience. Otherwise, His song would likely fade to a disturbing silence, leaving me to wonder if He’s experienced a change of heart.
He hasn’t. He doesn’t. It’s not the nature of my immutable God.
I, the Lord, do not change. Malachi 3:6a (NIV)
Though the wife of my client grieves inwardly at the inability of her husband to stand from his lame position and enfold her to his heart, she initiated reassurance of her love for him.
She came to him.
She rejoiced over him with singing.
How very much the picture and posture of Almighty God Who delights in me, quiets me, and rejoices over me, right where I am.
Maybe this finds you in a lonely place right now, assured no one delights in you. But incline your ear and hear… God rejoices over you with singing.
Maybe this finds you in a lonely place right now, assured no one delights in you. But incline your ear and hear… God rejoices over you with singing. @MaryAFelkins #author #inspirational #FridayFeeling
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