The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17ESV
Have you ever had one of those mornings, or even days, where you’re brain is going non-stop? Unfortunately, this happens to me quite often. For me, it can usually be remedied by spending some time in prayer or doing a devotional. So that’s what I did the other day, a devotional on God’s presence based on Zephaniah 3:17 which is above.
There are many things I could take away from this single verse but I will talk briefly on only two which are also interconnected.
The first point is the reality that God is in our midst, He’s in my midst. God is always with me. This thought used to creep me out. It used to make me quite nervous. Then I realized that He wasn’t there to see if I did something wrong. On the contrary, He is always present out of love.
God wants to be near us, He wants to be there for us. He wants to have a relationship with us. He wants a relationship with us so much that He sent Jesus to die for our sins in order to make us right with Him. Because of this sacrifice, we are able to have a relationship with Him and to experience His presence and love whenever we want.
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
When we are aware of God’s presence we can find rest. It is during these times when I feel His presence that I feel truly at rest. When my mind is racing and I then go into His presence I feel my focus start to return and my thoughts and emotions slow down.
This is exactly what is promised by Zephaniah 3:17 when it says, “He will quiet you with His love.” God promises to do this but we have to allow Him to do this. We need to get out of the way and make a conscious decision to take our attention off of ourselves and our worries and to put our attention on Him, what He has done for us and the fact that He loves us and is there for us every single moment of the day.
This makes me feel secure which allows me to rest and put down my worries. A lot of the things I worry about either will never really happen or if they do I can’t do anything about it. So why worry, especially when the all-powerful God of the universe is by my side. Who would be a better person to have my back? No one!
“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26