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Devotional Bible Study: God Sings Over Us | Zephaniah 3:17.

Welcome to Day 10. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. This short devotional is based on Zephaniah 3:17.

Read Zephaniah 3:17.

"The Lord your God in your midst,

The Mighty One, will save;

He will rejoice over you with gladness,

He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17 is such a beautiful verse! Not only is God all-powerful and is Mighty To Save but God rejoices over us, and we are told that He rejoices over us with singing!

Did you know that the Bible says God sings over you?

We will dig up some scripture treasure and you will discover that God loves you and me so much and is excited about you as His daughter or son that He dances of over us too with joy!

The book of Zephaniah is a reminder to us that God has always been and always will be deeply involved in our lives. Zephaniah, the prophet recognized the sin around him. God had told him of the impending judgment against Israel and the surrounding nations. He knew that sin demands judgment but he also knew that God is merciful and eager to forgive and ultimately that God's love for all mankind is awesome!

How do you get rebellious people to comprehend how much God loves them and that they will be so blessed when they seek God with all their heart?

We need to pray for our loved ones and the world.

Hebrew meaning of Zephaniah 3:17

In the context of our verse, Zephaniah 3:17 the meaning of the phrase "rejoice over you" literally means "dance, skip, leap and spin around in joy." God dances over us!

The word "rejoice" is translated from a Hebrew word that Strongs defines as:

A primitive root; properly to spin around (under the influence of any violent emotion), that is, usually rejoice…: – be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice.

The Hebrew word means to “spin around under violent emotion,” or basically to dance.

Did you catch that?

God dances over us ecstatically! He spins around under violent emotion because He delights in us!

Join me below for a short powerful devotional and we will discuss what does it mean that God will rejoice over us with singing? And join me for prayer too at the end of the post.

Short Devotional: what does it mean that God will rejoice over us with singing?

I found Zephaniah 3:17 in another translation and it is pretty powerful!

"The Lord your God is with you, a Powerful One Who wins the battle. He will have much joy over you. With His love He will give you new life. He will have joy over you with loud singing."

New Life Version.

Did you know that God sees you through the lens of the cross?

It doesn't matter that you are not perfect. It doesn't matter that you may mess up badly at times.

What matters is that you have a heart surrendered to God. It is of most importance that you completely understand that man on his own can never be perfect enough to come into God's presence but when you surrender your heart to God and realize that the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross, covers all your messes and my messes, our sin, that is when God spins around under violent emotion, with such joy. This is when God will rejoice over you with singing. A surrendered heart, seeking the presence of God with a passion for Him evokes much joy.

The Lord Your God Is With You He Is Mighty To Save

God is all-powerful. God is the creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the almighty God and He saves His people once we have put our trust in Him. God has restored us to eternal life through His Son, Jesus.

But there is more!

God is with us in our daily lives. He is there with us through the highs and the lows of all that comes our way. We are promised God's protection when we are hidden in Him (Psalm 91) God is the Powerful One who wins our battles. He is our protector and defender and as such, He is our victorious warrior.  Our triumphant Saviour Who is mighty to save.

Do you ever wonder how much God loves you?

When you have times of doubt, remember Zephaniah 3:17.

God takes delight in us and His love quiets us. It is a beautiful gift. We can't earn it. All you and I have to do is to accept God's gift of love and when we do, He rejoices over us with singing!

Spend some time today unpacking what God is saying to you about how much He adores you and yearns for you to practice His presence. To help you with that, I have created a free printable with 31 scriptures on Practicing The Presence Of God, and a guided prayer journal.