by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Zephaniah 1-3; Psalm 25
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
The first part of this verse is easy for most to accept, i.e. that God would save His people. But how about God rejoicing over us, singing over us, and cuddling us to sleep with His love?! Can I imagine the God of the Universe as an intimate Father (or Mother) who delights in His child, and who can’t wait to kiss me? Yes, it sounds mushy and mind boggling, but that’s Gospel truth!!
Honestly, it is tough to relate with God like this. Much of the Bible seems to portray a God who is tough on sin and always ready to discipline His son. Maybe the best way for me to understand this is to think about how I treat my daughters. I’m always ready to hug them and show my affection in various ways. But if they start to harm themselves, or others, that’s when I need to do something. And that something would seem harsh and even cruel to an outsider. But only a true parent would understand that when God punishes his child, the pain is felt ultimately in His holy heart.
“Rejoice over me, dear Father, and let Your holy arms surround Your beloved child! Let me hear Your heart sing!!”