“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing,” Zephaniah 3:17
With the glow of the Christmas season behind us and packed away, the wonder of God coming near man should not be packed away also. Oh, we hear it often leading up to December 25th, the promise that tells us, “They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,” (Mt. 1:23). What of the rest of our days? Days past the Christmas season when trials of the mundane and every day rock your boat; when the disappointments of failure and difficulties of decisions come to war?
God is still here!
I thank God that that promise is just not for the Christmas season. We are told over and over again in Scripture of the availability of God to draw near to man. From Genesis through to Revelation speaks to the heart of man: “I am here.” Exodus 17:7 asks the question, “Is the LORD among us, or not?”
The answer is a positive, “YES!”
Not only is He here but He is “mighty!” Mighty means He is strong enough to handle whatever life throws at you. Nothing surprises Him and nothing is impossible for Him, Luke 1:37. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” (Ps. 46:1).
The rest of this verse is just as reassuring. God not only is in the midst, but He also specializes in deliverance. In the above verse, it says, “He will save.” To the person who yields to Him in faith, God can bring release.
Lastly, God will “rest in his love.” God loves us. His love is present with Him in the midst of where He is. His love is assurance. His love brings with it peace. His love causes Him to “joy over thee with singing.” Yes, God sings over the people He loves; “For God is love!” (1 Jn. 4:8).
God is here in your midst and with Him comes all His wonderful attributes of care and concern for His people.