Oct 15, 2012

I am HIS... {Zephaniah 3:17}

Day 15 of 31 days - Part 2
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Today's Verse: The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) 

At first I was going to say that this verse tells us that we are the Warrior's Maiden.  But as I illustrated the verse (Yes, you see those pictures with the verses on every one of the last 15 days??  I made them. I call that "illustrating" a verse)... as I illustrated the verse, I realized that there is a good reason that this is one of my very favorite verses of all time: it is absolutely LOADED with good truths we can take from it. 

First, we ARE HIS maiden.  He saves us.  Like a Knight in shining armor.   

Second, and BEFORE that imagery, it says that He is WITH US.  Which means we aren't alone.  He doesn't leave us to fend for ourselves.  He is a MIGHTY WARRIOR... and He's OUR Mighty Warrior... who is sort of guarding us. 


Third, He DELIGHTS in us.  What does that even look like?  Picture a father at the park pushing his daughter on the swings.  Each time she swings up she squeals, and he laughs.  When she is done, he picks her up and swings her around, smiling into her little face.  The love is almost tangible it is so apparent.  That is delight.  You see it especially with a new Grandma or Grandpa holding their first grandchild.  Delight.  Unfettered joy.  A swelling in your chest when you look at your child in those quiet moments, when you can FEEL the love you have for them.

Fourth, He loves us so much, He doesn't need to constantly rebuke us.  He loves us, we are acceptable to Him.  We don't have to hang our head in shame.  He forgives us. 

Fifth and finally, He sings over us.  Did you ever (or do you ever) sing over your child?  Maybe when you are rocking them to sleep?  Maybe when you are tucking them in?  What about a love song to a spouse?  Maybe when you are dancing with them?  Most of the time it's strange to think about God in a romantic sense, since I am married to a man... and well, God is GOD.  He might be my Mighty Warrior... but He's still the creator of the Universe. 

But those are the two images I get in my head when I read "but will rejoice over you with singing."  Either singing over my child as I tuck her in, or singing into my husband's ear when we are dancing together.  Either way, it's a STRONG expression of love. 

All of this and all I could come up with for the title of this post is I am HIS... 

In reality, though, it's true.  Loving Father, Mighty Warrior, Knight in Shining armor, that is all Him.... and we are all His.  Imperfect, proud, spoiled children, impetuous maidens... we belong to Him and HE DELIGHTS IN US.

Take a moment and marinade in that.  

Once we begin to understand how HE DELIGHTS IN US...  
we are made BEAUTIFUL in our confidence.


{Praise God!  When I finished this post, I had that feeling like it was a God thing... 
this is for someone specific, and for all of us too!  I hope you know who you are, because I don't!}

2 comments:

  1. Hi AJ! I wanted you to know that I awarded your blog the Liebster Blog Award. Head to my blog for the details. :-)

    Marci...www.lifewithjoys.blogspot.com

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  2. You are very gifted at illustrating verses!

    I absolutely love this verse too. Yes, such STRONG expressions of love. You capture them well with your words and images. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

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