Zephaniah 3:17 - God Enjoys You.

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] 

   It is often hard to comprehend that God 
enjoys us. but He does. He also wants us to enjoy 
Him. I once heard it said that our highest 
calling is to enjoy God. I am learning to make sure 
I enjoy God every day, all throughout the day, 
and I have taken a step of faith and decided to 
believe that He enjoys me. I wasted many years 
feeling most of the time that He was not pleased 
with me because of my imperfections, but I no 
longer believe that lie. 
   Just as we see the flaws of our children 
and yet we still enjoy them, God does the same 
thing with us. 
   Roses have thorns, but they are still 
beautiful and we enjoy them. 
   God sees all of my flaws and He still 
loves and enjoys me! [My Time with God by Joyce 


   One day I found myself in another rough 
patch because of my health. Despite my best 
efforts, I was losing function. Discouragement swept 
in like high tide. When I shared my struggle in 
an email to my friend Angela, she sent me a 
link to an online worship song. I clicked the 
link on my laptop. As the music began, my 
grandchildren tapped at my bedroom door. They'd just 
returned from the park - faces red and sweaty, water 
bottles in hand. Pausing the song, I sank to the 
floor, and they snuggled into my lap, full of 
giggles, with hair smelling of sunshine. My heart 
flooded with joy. I was reminded that Jesus often 
comforts us in the midst of ordinary moments. 
   We expect our Savior to strengthen our 
faith and rebuild our hope through spiritual 
means: worship music, reading Scripture, praying 
with a friend. We can get into a habit of seeking 
spiritual nourishment only on Sunday mornings or when 
we read a devotion during our quiet time. We 
may forget that He is speaking to us constantly. 
When we acknowledge Him, we learn that He shares 
His presence and His blessings through many 
means, including the ordinary, humble experiences 
of our daily lives. 
   Today's verse in Zephaniah reminds us 
that sometimes Jesus shows His love for us in 
mighty acts, sometimes in quiet moments, and 
sometimes in exultant song. Let's be alert to various 
ways Jesus reminds us of His love today. Sharon 
   Faith Step: List three ways Jesus 
recently showed you His love: in a mighty way, a 
tender way, and a jubilant way. [Mornings With 
Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   The most common malady of the human 
spirit - and the strongest enemy of our faith - is 
fear. That's why the most common biblical command 
is "fear not," "do not be afraid," or something 
similar. "Be strong and courageous," people of faith 
are told repeatedly in the Word. The dynamic is 
clear: Fear and faith are at opposite ends of a 
spectrum, and when we move toward one, we move away 
from the other. 
   But a command to "fear not" doesn't mean 
very much unless we're given a good reason. The 
human mind usually does not dispense with its 
fears without an explanation. Instead, we need to 
know why fear is illegitimate and why we should 
be courageous and full of faith. So God, 
through Zephaniah, gives us our reason. Soon after 
He assures the remnant that they will be able 
to lie down at night without fear, He tells 
them why. Fear is illegitimate because "the Lord 
your God is with you, he is mighty to save." 
God's people do not need to fear, because He is 
powerfully sovereign over everything that can make us 
   We know that intellectually. Our minds 
are familiar with this truth. And maybe that's 
the problem; familiarity breeds complacency. 
Truths that remain only in the mind are taken for 
granted and neglected, and they never sink into the 
heart, where they can actually impact us where we 
hurt. We can remind ourselves repeatedly that God 
is mighty to save, but until we feel that truth 
in the depths of our heart, we will remain 
   What do you fear today? How do those 
fears constrain you and limit what you are able to 
do? What task has God called you to do that 
would require a scary step of faith? Spend some 
time meditating on the God who is mighty to save 
- the God who delights in and rejoices over 
you - and ask yourself, "Why am I afraid?" Let 
the truth of God's power sink in, and you will 
be well equipped to take a huge step of faith - 
and to lie down at night unafraid. [The One Year 
Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


Zephaniah 3:17 - The Intimacy of God.


Zephaniah 3:17 - Oh Say Can You See.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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