Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
I like the word picture at the end of this scripture. It says God will rejoice over you with singing. Singing is a way of rejoicing and thats alright with me. I told a friend of mine recently that music does not typically MOVE me spiritually. While most people listen to music in their car, work or their personal devices I am listening to preaching. On Sunday mornings, I sing the song’s but I really can not wait for the preaching to begin. I barely know the names of the songs and can assure I know very few names of the artist who sing them.
Now here is the weird part. I love to sing. I sing all the time.
Hold on. I bet you are really confused right now. If I don’t listen to music, I don’t know artist names and I am not singing along with the radio then when am I singing? Well, I make up songs all the time. I can’t sing the same song twice because I forget it almost as fast as I make it up. Something happens when I sing. It make me happy. It makes me smile and sometimes I even laugh at myself.
When Kaitlyn lived with me and Tim, I would begin our day each morning making up and singing songs to her, about her, about me, things in the house, the animals and even Tim. My singing made Kaitlyn happy. Maybe she was happy because she thought I should be in the looney bin but either way she would smile and laugh. She would tell Danny and other people about the crazy made up songs I sang.
A couple of weeks ago I was at my daughters house watching my grandkids for the weekend. My grand daughter loves Musically and is on it all the time. SHE LOVES MUSIC. That weekend was going to be a real treat for her as she was going to have the opportunity to hear a lot of made up songs. Like Kaitlynn, my grand daughter, Carlee, LOVED my songs. The trouble was she liked them too much.
Remember, I said earlier how I forgot the lyrics as quickly as I created them? Not so for Carlee. She not only remembered the lyrics but the beat too. One particular song that I created about her runaway cat Charlie was her favorite. She ask me ALL weekend to sing that made up song and laughed every time she heard it. When her other grandparents came over, she wanted me to sing it to them. Whenher mother and father returned home she quickly put in a special request for me to sing the song to them. MUCH TO MY HORROR.
The word rejoice is a verb. The definition for rejoice is to feel or show great joy or delight. This scripture basically says that God will show great joy or delight for you by singing to you. I imagine he makes up songs for and about each us. I am sure he knows all the songs we sing to him, and every artist who sings them. But think about what kind of song he might be singing about you right now. I bet that made you laugh!
I challenge you to rejoice over God with singing. Whether you are singing with the radio, writing your own song or making up a silly one, just sing. It is not required that you have a great voice or professional training, just sing. Rejoice over Him with singing. Show Him how much you love Him with a little tune. In case no one has told you today, God Loves and so do I.