As First Seniors of First Baptist Church we have seen and heard a lot through the years. I have heard a lot of teaching, preaching and singing through the years. On the subject of singing, I have heard good singing and bad singing. Has anyone ever complained about your singing? On the Andy Griffith show Barney could not sing and Gomer could sing. Gomer did not look like he could sing, but he did. Have you ever thought about our God singing?
In Zephaniah 3:17 in the New Living Translation it says, “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” The prophet Zephaniah writes about the glory and majesty of God. The prophet speaks of God rejoicing over His people with songs. We have a God who sings over us. Why does God have such joy over you and me?
· Because we are His redeemed people – We have been redeemed or bought back by the blood of Jesus. We have been purchased by the only price that God would accept. The God of the Old and New Testament sings over His redeemed people. In Psalm 107:2 it says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.” We have been bought back from the hand of Satan our adversary.
· Because we are His restored people – In Zephaniah 3:20 it says, “At that time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.” God sings over His restored people. Whatever we have lost in joy, peace and contentment God can restore it all. When God sees our spiritual fortunes restored He sings over us.
· Because we are His returning people – In Zephaniah 3:18 it says, “I will gather those who grieve about appointed feasts…” God says one day there will be a gathering of the people of God. To the Jews God promises a return of the remnant to Israel. To the gentiles God promises a return to the New Jerusalem that will come down from heaven as a bride adorned for her husband. In Revelation 7:9 it says, “After these things I looked, and behold a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were their hands.” That great multitude before the throne is going to be the gathering of God’s people from all the ages. We will be before His throne in perfect fellowship. The return and reunion we look forward to is not in Jerusalem, but before His throne in heaven.
God indeed sings over you and me. What a tremendous thought to remember as we go through this world.
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister