After a stuttered start in the blogosphere, I am eager to launch this series of one-liners to live and love by. I know we live in a crazy busy world, but our hearts need little time-outs like these to reconnect with the Source of our strength! I hope these power-packed truths infuse your day with a little Supernatural inspiration and encourage your heart. May God speak through His Word as we soak it up, short and sweet style!
(Special thanks to my lovely mother who suggested this several months ago; she is a woman whose active faith continually moves me!)
Short & Sweet Scripture #1: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will quiet you by His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
A friend from college introduced me to the hidden picture in this verse, the picture of a Daddy whose undignified expression of enchantment continually stirs this daughter’s heart. It not only reminds me who He is, but who I am to Him, a reality we ladies often forget! In fact, at a recent women’s devotional during a retreat, we had to earn our princess crown by stating one reason we were special. I have NEVER been in a room full of ladies so instantly silent! I could have named off twenty reasons why the women to my left and right were special, but me? Special? Most of our group genuinely struggled to answer what seemed such a simple question. I love the way this little verse portrays just how special we are!
#1. We are worth fighting for: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior…”
If today you are lacking His felt presence, know He is with you. Right here. Right now. He is your victorious warrior! If you feel too weakened and weary to fight the good fight, lean on His strength. If today the tears of wounds, past or present, burn your eyes or the sorrows of your own messy mistakes weigh you down, know that He is the Protector of your heart, the constant reminder that you are still His cherished and chosen one. If you feel misjudged, like the motives of your heart were twisted by someone else’s mistaken interpretation, know that He is your Defense. Lean into His presence, feel the peace of His protection, and draw strength from the truth that HE is your Victory!
#2. We are worth rejoicing over: “He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy…”
His heart beats with delight simply because we belong to Him! If today you are feeling a little lonely or unloved, I promise the picture painted here in these two Hebrew terms will lift your spirits and light up that beautiful face with a smile!
The first term, rinnah, represents utter joy unleashed in lyrical melody; its partner, giyl, captures the action of leaping and circular motion. Taken together, the two portray a God who is literally twirling around in Heaven, singing and shouting for joy. Why?
The short and sweet of it is HE LOVES YOU. He’s so crazy about you He can’t keep His feet from dancing! I rarely picture this happening up in heaven; after all, I know what goes on in my head and heart, and it’s not always something worth singing about. Yet here God is, so in love with His creation, His daughter clothed in purity, white as snow through the blood of the Lamb, that He can’t help Himself. His joy bubbles over into song and dance simply because He has counted us worthy of His delight. Scripture doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
So today, whether your world is a place of contentment or conflict, of peace or of pain, know the truth that God stands with you; He is the Mighty Warrior who loves you too much to keep quiet. He is singing over you; don’t be so busy you miss it! He is asking you to dance with Him, right here and right now; don’t push His hand aside. Remember whose Daughter you are, and know today you are delighted in by the King of Kings and loving Creator of your soul. You are special simply because you are His.
*Stay tuned for more Short & Sweet Scriptures over the next few weeks as a few of our blogging sisters guest post with their favorites as well! Interested in joining in the fun? Send me a note, and let’s chat about it!
UPDATE: Check out the second installment HERE!