08/03/22 Singing

READING: Zephaniah 2:8-3:20, 2 Chronicles 35:20-27, 2 Kings 23:29-30, Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

I love singing—at least, when I’m alone or in a really large group. To this day, I turn up my music and sing whenever I can, but I don’t sing solo in front of anyone. I wish God had given me that ability, not only so I could praise Him that way, too, but also so I wouldn’t be frustrated at preachers who can indeed preach AND sing! 

I also love hearing God’s people sing together. Just last week, I spent several days with missionaries who gathered for the first time since COVID began. They had not been together for more than two years. Consequently, they had not sung together in their mother tongue in that same amount of time. I cannot put into words what I experienced as I listened to them rejoice in corporate voice like they themselves had not done or heard for some time. 

Still, though, I read these most amazing words in today’s text about God’s promises to His people: “Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy” (Zeph 3:17—italics added, also translated as, “He will exult over you with loud singing”). God promises a day of restoration when all will rejoice. He delights in us when we rejoice in Him – and that’s incredible to me. I cannot even imagine the singing! 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: How often do you just wonder over God’s love?    

DAILY PRAYER: “God, I pray my life today makes You sing.”  

TOMORROW’S READING:  2 Chronicles 36:1-4, 2 Kings 23:31-37, 2 Chronicles 36:5, Jeremiah 22:1-23, Jeremiah 26:1-24, 2 Kings 24:1-4, Jeremiah 25:1-14

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