“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, ESV).
In a legalistic world where everything must be done according to the rules, it’s quite difficult to believe that you are God’s delight. But it’s true! The Almighty Creator of the universe, the all-knowing (omniscient), all-powerful (omnipotent), and ever-present (omnipresent) God delights in you!
Many times, people’s upbringing, culture, family, or circumstances create a vague and hazy image of who God is to His children. Some church doctrines present an image of an angry, error-list-checking God and a never-good-enough standard where you are measured based on performance. All of this makes it incredibly difficult to believe that our God is slow to anger and abounding in love. But He is! (Check out Psalm 86:5, 15; Exodus 34:6; Psalm 103:8; Nehemiah 9:31.)
The context of Zephaniah 3 reveals that God’s people had sinned against Him, but the heading from verse 14 in my ESV Bible reads “Israel’s Joy and Restoration.” God’s people had sinned and fallen far short of His glory (Romans 3:23), but through His prophet, God was reminding them that He was in their midst and would save them, rejoice over them with gladness, quiet them with His love, and exult over them with loud singing.
Jehovah God is calling out to His daughters today to remind us that He is not angry with us. Jesus Christ has already paid for our sins. He took our place and our punishment (1 John 2:2), so we do not have to strive to be perfect or righteous. He is our righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus Christ came not to condemn but to redeem you and to make you God’s delight. His blood and resurrection, along with the wonderful fellowship and seal of the Holy Spirit, empower you to live not on the basis of works but out of love and worship to God (Ephesians 1:13). Thus God is able to exult (which means to show jubilation and elation, especially as a result of success) in you because you are His very own child, daughter, and bride. Hence when the enemy comes against you with thoughts and feelings of condemnation, self pity, and guilt, remember, daughter of the King, that you have been redeemed and restored.
The King of glory delights in you!
Prayer: Lord, I thank and bless You for Your goodness and mercy and for the precious blood of Jesus that redeems and restores me. Today, I choose to believe, hope, and trust in Your love and kindness. I denounce any mental, spiritual, and emotional agreement with the enemy about Your love for me, and I choose to believe that You not only love me but delight in me.