Zephaniah 3:17

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
A.W. Tozer famously said ‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us’. Though many things come to my mind when I think about God, one thing that commonly pops into my mind first is this verse from Zephaniah 3. Three important attributes of God are mentioned in this verse.
 
The theme that God is with us is strung throughout the Bible. It’s seen in the beginning at creation when God walks with man in the cool of the day. We see God with his people as he delivers them from slavery. The theme of God with us is seen in the tabernacle and temple as God dwells with his people.  It is seen most clearly when God puts on flesh to dwell with his people and why Jesus was called Emmanuel – God with us. We see God with us when he ascends into heaven and sends the Holy Spirit to live inside his people. And one day soon, when Christ returns, God will be with us in perfect peace forevermore. All our tears will be wiped away. All sad things will become untrue. When we think about this theme of God with us, what does that mean for us right now? It means that in the middle of your pain, God is there, and he is with you because while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God doesn’t shy away from our pain, disappointment, and sin. Rather, he is here where it hurts and when things are messy and complicated.
 
In addition to God being with us, he is a mighty warrior who has saved us. God saved us just like David saved his people from Goliath. Just as the Israelites never lifted a stone and became victorious, so we too do nothing to receive victory against sin and death. It is Jesus alone who has fought for us and won. God is our true and great warrior.
 
Yet God’s character in this verse doesn’t just stop at him being with us and being a mighty warrior on our behalf.  God also delights in us and rejoices over us with singing.  Yes, he delights in us even when we fail, lie, cheat, and turn our backs on him. How do we know this? Because even while we were sinners, Christ died for us. And it’s in his death that we see that he took up the cross with joy set before him. There was joy set before Jesus as he took up the cross because he delights in us, and desires to be with us.
 
When you think of God today, would you remember that he is with you, he is a mighty warrior who gave His life for you and he deeply delights in you.
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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