Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Advent Prayer, Day 16: Sing Unto the Lord

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney

Monday, the third week of Advent

“The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” Zephaniah 3:17-18
 

This is a season full of song. Before Thanksgiving day some radio stations devote all their airtime to holiday favorites until January. We read of angel choirs singing “glory to God in the highest,” and open the doors of our homes to joyful carolers warbling “o come let us adore him.” But Zephaniah presents a startling contrast: instead of us singing of Jesus’ goodness, we get a picture of him belting out a festive praise song to us. Not only do we rejoice because of his salvation, he rejoices to save us.

Song of my soul,
 
Zephaniah’s prophecy is good news! It’s astonishing to think that you come, not only so that I can delight in you, but also so that you can rejoice over me! What a wondrous thought, that my salvation gives you immense satisfaction, and pleasure. Help me to keep the image of you smiling, rejoicing, and singing a joyous song–for me–ever in my heart and mind. Renew me in your love.
 

“Come, Lord Jesus.”



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