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)
You may have noticed from this blogging series that John Piper and my ESV Study Bible have become my quick go-tos when it comes to commentary on Scripture. These resources are by no means infallible, but they complement my Bible study well. And so often they say it way better than I could paraphrase (especially so early in the morning). So once again, I will give you the ESV’s commentary on this beautiful verse:
“The previously weakened nation [of Israel] is in the presence of the mighty one (Deut. 10:17; Ps. 24:8; Isa. 10:21; 42:13), God himself, who, unlike human warriors and heroes (Zeph. 1:14), does not lose heart. Instead of fleeing in the face of danger, God can save his people from it (Ex. 14:30). This verse remarkably adds that God himself will rejoice over you with gladness, indicating that when God’s people seek him and follow him (Zeph. 3:12–13), and rejoice in him and trust him (vv. 14–16), then God personally delights in them. This is not an aloof, emotionless contentment, but it bursts forth in joyful divine celebration: he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Isn’t it neat?? God Himself rejoices over ME. All this time I’ve been thinking about and studying joy, I probably should have started here – with God’s joy in His people. A sweet reality for my Monday morning.