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“The Lord your God is in your midst,
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy;
He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins],
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

Zephaniah 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I don’t think there are many of us who have a mental picture of God rejoicing with gladness and singing over us! But this verse in Zephaniah says that is exactly what He is doing. Like a new parent who is fascinated with their baby, God is fascinated with His kids! And like a parent who speaks soothing words of love to bring peace to the newborn, God is speaking His words of LOVE to us through His Word.

While His rejoicing over His children never ceases, we also need to understand that we aren’t perpetual babies. His rejoicing encompasses our growth and maturity as well.

“…grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–.”

Ephesians 4:15

God is a proud Father. The more we grow up in Him, the more we reflect His image and desire for our lives. The apostle John had the heart of God when he said:

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

3 John. 1:4

May God say the same thing of each of us!

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