CELEBRATION

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.  Zephaniah 3:17IMG_4763

We always celebrate the doggie’s birthdays.  All the dogs get together and go for ice cream.  There are presents to be chewed and treats galore.  Everyone joins in for the traditional singing of “Happy Birthday”.  The dogs might not understand what the commotion is about but they enjoy the celebration.  They know they are loved and bask in the attention.

Most of our celebrations include singing.  Christmas carols, the Birthday song or even “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” is belted out by one and all when we get together to celebrate.

Many of the Psalms were written to be sung and there are lots of verses in the bible about singing.  Psalm 100 tells us to come into God’s presence with singing.  Psalm 95 says to make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise and Psalm 147 states that a song of praise is fitting.  In II Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat even sent the choir out in front of the army.

In Zephaniah 3, the prophet tells us that God takes delight in us and rejoices over us with singing.  Most of the verses we know are about God’s people singing praises to Him.  The phrase “he will rejoice over you with singing” can be translated as “he rejoices over you with a shout of joy.”

In Luke, Chapter 15, Jesus tells us that the angels rejoice when one sinner repents.  Apparently, celebrations occur in heaven, too.  Our spiritual birthdays are cause for great rejoicing.

God loves us.  Zephaniah says that God is in our midst; he will save us; he will quiet or calm us and rejoice with singing over us.  What a mighty, loving God we serve.  If that doesn’t fill your heart with song, I don’t know what will.

If we celebrate with our puppies and sing in their honor, how much more will a loving God rejoice over us in song and celebration?

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