Zephaniah 3:17 - The Intimacy of God.

Zephaniah 3:17 - The Intimacy of God.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty 
to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with 
his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." 


In one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture, Zephaniah 
describes how God rejoices over his people with singing. The image is of a 
beaming parent taking great pride and joy in their child. The Lord 
doesn't just love us because he has to, he loves us because he enjoys 
us. [NIV Once A Day Bible] 


   Suppose you dwell in a high-rise apartment. On the window 
sill of your room is a solitary daisy. This morning you picked the 
daisy and pinned it on your lapel. 
   But as soon as you're out the door, people start picking 
petals off your daisy. Someone snags your subway seat. Petal picked. 
You're blamed for the bad report of a coworker... More petals. By the end 
of the day, you're down to one ... You're only one petal-snatching 
away from a blowup. 
   What if the scenario was altered slightly? Let's add one 
character. The kind man in the apartment next door runs a flower shop. 
Every night on the way home he stops at your place with a fresh 
bouquet. Because of him, your apartment has a sweet fragrance, and your 
step has a happy bounce. Let someone mess with your flower, and 
you've got a basketful to replace it!  
   God hand-delivers a bouquet to your door every day.  Open it! 
 Take them!  Then, when rejections come, you won't be left 
short-pedaled. [Grace For The Moment SB By Max Lucado] 

   Henri Nouwen advocates that we seek solitude in our worried, 
pressured lives. "Without solitude," he writes, "it is virtually 
impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and place 
for God, and him alone."  
   Nouwen admits that bringing solitude into our lives is 
difficult. Time pressures crowd it out. Some seekers find "chaos opens up" 
when they finally do get alone - for them, instead of solitude 
providing calm and escape from dysfunctions, it may foster dark thoughts. 
   Not everyone feels chaos in solitude, but most people will 
discover plenty of distractions and the need for self-discipline - both 
to schedule solitude and then to focus their thoughts heavenward. 
Simply getting alone and shutting out the world is only the first step 
in the discipline of solitude. We also need to be patient with the 
   For some, solitude may need to start out in short doses. 
   As we probe the Scriptures in solitude and employ spiritual 
disciplines, we often find they lead us into fresh spiritual adventures. 
Solitude can give us the capacity to cope with life's stresses and 
surprises and serve as essential "fueling stops for the road."  
   Even if we feel we can't find time for solitude, we can 
remember the example of Brother Lawrence and in our activities practice 
God's presence throughout the day. Whether the baby is crying or 
customers are demanding, we still can lift our prayers to God.  
   Lord, life is genuinely pressured and at times overwhelming. 
Help me to be creative in finding time to be exclusively with you. 
When I simply can't find that time, help me to creatively practice 
your presence. [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra] 

   What would a God who sings over His people say to them? "I 
want My people to see Me through the right lenses. Most of them don't 
know that I rejoice over them with singing. They don't recognize My 
heart in everyday life. They think obedience is My ultimate goal for 
them, but it's really the means to an end. Do they really think all of 
history led up to a point of My coming to demand greater obedience 
simply for the sake of having more servants and accomplishing My plans? 
Is My glory really just about getting My way?  
   "No, I'm after your hearts. My glory is revealed in your 
delight in Me. The way I'm demonstrating My glory and treading on My 
enemy is by winning your affections. My blood wasn't spilled just to 
get you saved so you can go to heaven when you die. You have to 
understand that there's a greater reason I save you - that I want to know 
you intimately, to commune with you, to gaze into your spirit and 
have you gaze back into Mine. I made human beings to feel the joy of 
romance because I feel the joy of romance. My heart beats faster with 
   "My sacrifice was never just to prove My power or My wisdom. 
People eventually realize that relationships matter more than their 
achievements or status. Yet they suggest that My glory is a matter of 
establishing My Kingdom or demonstrating that I'm sovereign. What would be 
the point? I could establish My Kingdom and prove My power without a 
sacrifice on a cross. There's a deeper heartbeat behind this creation than 
that. I want to know and be known. That's why worlds were created."  
   Lord, let me hear You singing over me. Fill my heart with 
Your song. Draw me into the depths of Your heart and let me love You 
completely. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 


I am with you. These four words are like a safety net, 
protecting you from falling into despair. Because you are human, you will 
always have ups and downs in your life experience. But the promise of 
My Presence limits how far down you can go. Sometimes you may feel 
as if you are in a free fall, when people or things you had counted 
on let you down. Yet as soon as you remember that I am with you, 
your perspective changes radically. Instead of bemoaning your 
circumstances, you can look to Me for help. You recall that not only am I with 
you, I am holding you by your right hand. I guide you with My 
counsel, and afterward I will take you into Glory. This is exactly the 
perspective you need: the reassurance of My Presence, and the glorious hope 
of heaven. (Zep. 3:17; Psa. 73:23-26) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   Listen to the love song that I am continually singing to you. 
I take great delight in you ... I rejoice over you with singing. 
The voices of the world are a cacophony of chaos, pulling you this 
way and that. Don't listen to those voices; challenge them with My 
Word. Learn to take minibreaks from the world, finding a place to be 
still in My Presence and listen to My voice. 
   There is immense hidden treasure to be found through 
listening to Me. Though I pour out blessings upon you always, some of My 
richest blessings have to be actively sought. I love to reveal Myself to 
you, and your seeking heart opens you up to receive more of My 
disclosure. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock 
and the door will be opened to you. (Zep. 3:17; Mat. 7:7) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   The world is too much with you, My child. Your mind leaps 
from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious 
knots. When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view 
and your mind becomes darkened. Though I yearn to help, I will not 
violate your freedom. I stand silently in the background of your mind, 
waiting for you to remember that I am with you.  
   When you turn from your problems to My Presence, your load is 
immediately lighter. Circumstances may not have changed, but we carry your 
burdens together. Your compulsion to "fix" everything gives way to deep, 
satisfying connection with Me. Together we can handle whatever this day 
brings. (Isa. 41:10; Zep. 3:17; Psa. 34:19) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   I am in your midst, and I am mighty! Just as the sun is at 
the center of the solar system, so I am at the center of your entire 
being - physical, emotional, and spiritual. I, the Mighty One who 
created the universe, live inside you! Let this amazing truth 
reverberate in your mind and soak into your innermost being.  
   Ponder what it means to have so much Power dwelling inside 
you. One implication is that you don't need to worry about your lack 
of strength. In fact, my Power shows itself most effective in your 
   Remind yourself frequently that I live inside you and I am 
mighty! Let your awareness of My indwelling Presence drive out 
discouragement and fill you with great Joy. As My Life flows into yours, you 
are strengthened with divine might. (Zep. 3:17; 2Co. 12:9; Jude 
1:24) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Open your hands and your heart to receive this day as a 
precious gift from Me. I begin each day with a sunrise, announcing My 
radiant Presence. By the time you rise from your bed, I have already 
prepared the way before you. I eagerly await your first conscious 
thought. I rejoice when you glance My way.  
   Bring Me the gift of thanksgiving, which opens your heart to 
rich communion with Me. Because I am God, from whom all blessings 
flow, thankfulness is the best way to draw near Me. Sing praise songs 
to Me; tell of My wondrous works. Remember that I take great 
delight in you; I rejoice over you with singing. (Psa. 118:24; 95:2; 
Zep. 3:17) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I want you to love Me, listen to My voice, and hold fast to 
Me - for I am your Life. This is the way of wisdom. I am training 
you to stay close to Me as you walk along perilous paths. In any 
close relationship, listening and loving are vitally important - and 
they are interconnected. Listen to Me as I rejoice over you with 
gladness and quiet you with My Love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you 
receive My glorious Love in full measure. This will dramatically 
increase your love for Me.  
   The world is full of dangers, so it is wise to hold tightly 
to My hand. Listen - through My Spirit and My Word - while I talk 
you through tough times. Pour out your heart to Me, remembering that 
I am your Refuge. As you stay in dialogue with Me, I help you 
handle whatever is before you. Hold fast to Me, beloved, for I am your 
Life. (Deu. 30:20; Zep. 3:17; Psa. 62:8) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Though you walk in the midst of trouble, I will revive you. 
So don't let problems intimidate you. Remember that I, the Mighty 
One, am in your midst, and I am greater than all the trouble in the 
world. My right hand will save you! Hold tightly to My hand and you can 
walk confidently through your toughest times.  
   I enable you not only to endure your hardships but also to 
grow stronger through them. However, because you are on an arduous 
journey, there will be times when you feel weary and faint. Do not 
interpret this as a sign of My displeasure with you. It is simply part of 
living in a fallen, sin-stained world. Remember that you are not alone: 
I am with you, and your brothers throughout the world are 
experiencing the same kind of sufferings as you. Stay in communication with 
Me as you persevere along this challenging path. My living Presence 
will revive you - strengthening you and blessing you with Peace. 
(Psa. 138:7; Zep. 3:17; 1Pe. 5:9; Psa. 29:11) [Jesus Today by Sarah 


   In the 1970s I took my guitar to drug parties, often singing 
songs made famous by the Beatles, the Bee Gees, and Bob Dylan. After I 
became a Christian, I thought I would have to leave my music behind. 
One morning, as I read Zephaniah 3:17, the words "He will rejoice 
over you with singing" spoke to me. I prayed that the Lord would put 
his song of joy in my heart. 
   I took my guitar along to Bible studies, and I led singing 
for the kids in the Sunday school at my church. One morning when the 
worship leader was sick, I was asked to come into the sanctuary and fill 
in. Over time I began putting Scripture verses to music and writing 
worship songs. Some of those songs are on CDs and are sung at churches 
all over the world. I have now been a worship pastor for more than 
twenty years because God gave me a new life and a new song--his song. 
   Ron Ruiz is a pastor, songwriter, and co-owner of Zephaniah 
Publishing. [The One Year Bible Life Verse Devotional] 

   Many of us have memories of childhood bedtime routines. In 
our home, Mom always scooted us off to bed with precious moments of 
hugs, kisses, and lullabies. Those songs covered me in a canopy of 
love, just as she had been covered by her mother, and as I now cover 
my own children. 
   When I discovered this verse in Zephaniah, I was amazed to 
learn that God sings in delight over his children! God is not only our 
Father but is also like a mother, who gently rocks and quiets us with 
affectionate care. Lullabies impart the love and joy within a mother's heart 
to her beloved child's heart. And so it is with our Father in 
   When the difficulties of life come, I remember the Father's 
words and find comfort, love, and peace in his sheltering care. Listen 
for God's songs in the night, and let them give you rest and sleep. 
   Karla Loveless-Dillon, an author, a speaker, and a 
coordinator for Family Foundations International, served as a pastor's 
secretary for more than thirty years, [The One Year Bible Life Verse 


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