The radio DJs asked their listeners to call the station with their answer to this question, “Did Jesus sing?”
While I didn’t have the chance to hear any answers, I know that on at least a few occasions, Christ sang. As recorded in parallel passages in the gospels, Jesus sang a hymn of praise during the Last Supper (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26). So, we know that He sang – at least on occasion.
However, today I’d like to focus on a passage from the Old Testament that helps not only answer the question, but also gives us a wonderful glimpse into the heart of our God. Through Zephaniah, we read this about God’s relationship with His children, Israel:
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 3:7)
Isn’t that a beautiful picture? The God of the universe takes such delight in His children that He rejoices over them with singing. But what makes this picture that much sweeter is the setting in which God did this rejoicing and singing. As the verse suggests, there had been a need for God to rebuke His people. You see, Israel had become a wayward nation. They failed to obey God, they had gone their own way, their priests violated the temple, and they accepted no correction (vv.1-4).
But in His love, God chose to rescue Israel from herself. And following their restoration, God rejoiced over His children with singing. Amazing grace – how sweet the sound, indeed!
Friends, perhaps today you need to be reminded that God rejoices in you. Any time you turn to Him, He joyfully receives you with open arms. He may even be singing over you right now! –Dave
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