Zephaniah is not exactly the most oft-quoted book of the Bible, but today in my quiet time, I found a verse there that caught my attention like never before - and one that I think is precious and unique within the Word of God.
At the moment, I have 'weddings' on the brain. For the first time in years, I'm surrounded by weddings. A co-worker recently got married, and two more are planning weddings, and now my sister is engaged and planning her wedding in just a few weeks. At any rate, this current 'wedding' blitzkrieg brought to mind my own wedding, over 22 years ago.
My most precious memory from that day was my new husband surprising me by singing, "I'll Still Be Loving You," to me at our reception. I'll never forget that feeling - of being loved and cherished so much that, beyond simply making a declaration of love by marrying me, he would sing of his love before all of our friends and family.
The Bible speaks of us as the Bride of Christ. His love for us is stronger than any love we can experience. And according to Zephaniah 3:17, "He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Many scriptures speak of us singing God's praises, even of angels singing God's praises, but this is the only scripture I have found that mentions God singing over US! Can you imagine? The Lord of the universe, the very lips that spoke creation into existence, singing of His love for you and me! Imagine Him looking tenderly in your eyes as He sings of the love He has for you, of His sacrifice for you, of how He gave everything to win your heart.
As precious as the memory of my beloved singing to me is, the anticipation of my Beloved singing over me is even more precious!