The Sound Of God Singing Over Me
A verse has been playing around in my head for the past couple of weeks. I read it during my Quiet Time one morning, and, since then, I’ve meditated on it, looked up the context, searched for thoughts online about it, and, perhaps needless to say, prayed about it.
Here it is: “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.
The phrase, “He will exult over you with loud singing,” is the part that struck a chord in me–oops, sorry, just couldn’t resist that pun. As if it weren’t enough to picture the God of the Universe singing over me, this verse says He will do His singing in a “loud” voice.
When the children of Israel heard the voice of God in the wilderness, they were afraid they might die (Deuteronomy 5:25-27). They were so terrified of hearing God’s voice they asked for His words to be filtered through an intermediary, and Moses became the mediator between the people and God for that very reason. If this incident is any indication of how God’s teaching voice sounded, then I can only imagine what the sound of His loud singing voice might be.
Yet, the writer doesn’t seem to be saying, God’s singing is a fearful thing. In fact, the loud singing part follows another interesting descriptive phrase concerning God, one that pictures Him acting as a comforter: The verse, “He will quiet you by his love,” brings to mind a mother soothing a fretful, restless child by her acts of love–a lullaby, a pat on the back, a hug.
For this reason, I believe His singing is also an act of love, and, just because it’s loud, doesn’t mean God’s exulting over us is a frightening thing. Instead, this is where the first part of the verse, “He will rejoice over you with gladness,” comes into play. This phrase pictures joy, happiness, and exuberance, and in God’s happiness over His children, He breaks out in exuberant song.
What this sentence does is describe all the different aspects of a parent’s love for a child. It also gives us a complete picture of our Heavenly Parent–one who is able to rejoice over us, soothe us, and creatively express His joyful love for us in song.
I’m looking forward to that day when my Heavenly Father will sing over me. Perhaps, each and every day of eternity, He’ll compose a new song, a unique song, just for me.
And, if you’re His child, He’ll do the same for you!