Shouts of Joy

On that day it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not fear; Zion, do not let your hands grow weak. Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:16-17

With the new technology we can now “FaceTime” with our children and grandchildren. There is nothing much more exciting than to hear my phone ring and see that one of my children wants to “FaceTime”. I can remember going to the World’s Fair in Seattle in 1962 as a child and seeing the first push button phone. In 1962 it was only a dream that one could actually see the person with whom they were talking. Now, I get the pleasure of seeing my grandson’s or granddaughter’s face light up with a smile when he or she sees my face on the phone. Nothing is much more fulfilling and exciting.

Imagine the joy and excitement God experiences when just one person comes to know His Son as Lord and Savior. The Bible says that the angels rejoice over the salvation of just one person (Luke 15:10). This verse in Zephaniah reminds us that God rejoices over us and brings quietness to the turmoils and troubles of life. He delights in His children with shouts of joy.

Challenge: Shout for joy for what God has done for you. Praise Him for making you one of His children and forgiving your sins so you might have eternal life. Do you experience joy when you come into the presence of God through prayer and reading God’s Word? There is a smile on the face of God each time you seek Him and do what is pleasing to Him.

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