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
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is marked as a day of love. A day to show one another how much you care about each other. There are many ways to show love. I want to talk about one way that isn’t really thought about.
In the book of Zephaniah, he talks about how God brought destruction and rebuke upon the Earth in times like when He destroyed it with a flood or in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, at the end of the book Zephaniah reminds us that God is with us. He’s a Mighty Warrior and He saves us. He takes delight in us so much so that he will rejoice over us with singing.
Do you express your love with singing? Don’t want to try because you think it will make people’s ears hurt? It doesn’t matter how you sound, when you sing out of love the receiver can feel that. You don’t have to be a famous musician crooning out love songs. I used to sing my children to sleep with hymns and children’s songs. It gave us something to share other than listening to bedtime stories. They could learn the words even though they didn’t know how to read yet. Singing together gave us a binding love for each other. You can also express your love through singing praises to God. With love, you are not a clanging, obnoxious noise, but rather you bring joy to God.
Until I read this scripture recently, I never thought about God doing the singing. I thought about how we sing and that the angels sing in heaven. It clicked that God is a singer too because we are made in His likeness. If we sing, so must He.
How will you embrace this week? Even though Valentine’s day will soon pass us by, we still need to show love to those around us every day. Try challenging yourself to sing your love to your family, friends, and to God even if it is with a Zoom call or a video. I can hear you now, “I’m not going to sing on a video!” Before you say no, just think about how someday your kooky video will bring joy to someone who is remembering you. I only have a memory of my grandmother making up silly songs while playing a toy ukulele. We didn’t have cell phones at the time, so I couldn’t have saved the moment with a video. We are fortunate to have technology we do today.
So, sing, sing out loud. Embrace your loved ones with song. Sing praises to God. Share your love through a song.