Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 19th September

The Reason for Singing

The LORD, your God, is in your midst, he is mighty to save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

What a word is this! Jehovah God in the centre of His people in all the majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with peace and hope.

We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work of salvation. “He will save.” Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.

Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same; He loves, He finds rest in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful. When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, “It is very good”; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy to be expressed in song. Think of it, and be astonished! The Lord Jesus sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love, His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Your immeasurable love to us, teach us to love You, to rejoice in You, and to sing unto You, our Life-psalm.

[I just love the imagery this verse conjures up, even used it in a sermon once]

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