Jesus THE History-Maker (Pt II)

One thing I remember very clearly from what John shared that night was that even as we give our praise and shout glory to Abba during praise and worship, we also RECEIVE from Him, as the verse from Psalms in the previous entry shows.

There is this verse from Zephaniah that has been imprinting itself on my heart ever since Christmas. Even when I’m reading devotionals or articles on Boundless, watching videos on YouTube, or simply doing things that seemingly having nothing to do with worship, I keep seeing this verse being quoted or used. It is nothing short of amazing, and all glory goes to Abba. I am beginning to understand why it is called the Living Word; I keep seeing layers upon layers of Abba’s goodness as I begin to meditate on a single verse. I strip one away and think it done, but Abba then brings me to another to marvel at and ponder upon.

Charles Spurgeon said in one of his sermons (which touched on the Zephaniah verse!), “Holy scripture is wonderfully full and abiding in its inner sense. It is a springing well, whereat you may draw, and draw again; for as you draw, it springs up for ever new and fresh. It is a well of water springing up everlastingly.”

Amen, amen and amen!

Sing, O Daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O Daughter of Jerusalem!

The LORD has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.”
Zephaniah 3:14-15

The verse above tells us how we sing and rejoice because we are no longer held accountable for our sins, for one Man has paid the price for it all by hanging on the cross, the sacrificial Lamb of God.

We sing and shout aloud, be glad and rejoice simply because of Jesus Christ. The Saviour who took upon himself the sins of the world so that we may be called righteous by faith! A Jamieson, Fausset and Brown (JFB) commentary calls it “happiness follow[ing] in the wake of holiness”; it is the surpassing joy we have in our salvation!

There is a change within me that burns fiercer than a bonfire; it is a hunger, a spiritual craving for more of Abba’s living Word that is ‘full and abiding’, that still springs up new and fresh, sweeter than the best wine, even as I continue to draw from it.

Yes, surely we as children of God will praise and rejoice in His name when we realise the magnitude of His love and passion for us when Abba sent Jesus to die for our sins. Indeed we have been forgiven much and been given so much. Yet do you know that Abba doesn’t just stop there? He doesn’t just wipe our slate clean and then leave us to our own devices, to fend for ourselves in world that has no mercy for those who cannot “keep up”, so to speak.

No, what Abba promises is that He will never leave or forsake us, and even as we praise Him for His goodness, He delights in us, and likewise rejoices with singing!

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

The original Hebrew of “he will quiet you with his love” is literally “he shall be silent (charash) in his love”. It means that Abba is so completely overwhelmed in His love for us, that there is no language in existence that can describe the vastness of this love that He bears towards us. This silence, as Spurgeon says, is infinitely expressive.

God isn’t distant or removed from us, not as a Supreme Being staring down from the clouds at his minions, all the while perched on his Throne. That is not the heart God has towards us; He is with us, on the greatest level of intimacy, completely overjoyed at us when we dance and jump and shout and weep as we praise and worship Him. Why do you think we call him Abba, Daddy or Father?

Is it not amazing? That Abba, who was silent in His love for us, would then break out in a song of joy for His beloved? He did not sing when he created the heavens and the earth, but instead burst out rejoicing with a song when He looked upon us. We, who are as nothing compared to God, but were blood-bought by Jesus himself, that we may call ourselves the sons of God. We, the redeemed of Calvary, that would move Abba to sing a hymn of joy!

It is such a privilege, such a precious gift, this Salvation of mine, that it drives me to my knees. Such as Isaiah was when he cried “Woe is me! I am undone!” when He laid eyes on Abba. My Abba, my beautiful saviour. Who am I that you would deign to send Jesus to die for? Such grace and mercy! Such loving kindness! What love can compare to Yours?

Abba, may all that issues from my lips be words that shall glorify Your name. May all who see me instead see You in the highest, for only You deserve all glory!

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