Receiving and Returning Our Father’s Love Song

The Old Testament Zephaniah wrote,
The Lord your God is in your midst,
A mighty one who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you by his love;
He will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17)

Now, in union with Jesus, we can say that our Father is exulting over us with loud singing. Nevertheless, we may not dare to think so. Maybe our gaze is fixed too much on ourselves as unlovely and unlovable. Or maybe we are in the habit of looking past rather than at the love of our Father. But with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will see the Father’s love that is demonstrated in him. Only then shall we hear our Father’s loud singing over us.

As we hear our Father’s loud love song, we will find ourselves returning his love. And, just as Jesus is the One through whom the Father’s love comes to us, so through him our love is returned to the Father by his Spirit. The Father’s loud and joyful song over us is returned though our loud and joyful song to the Father. For through Jesus, we now rejoice over our Father with singing as we rest satisfied in his love.

It should not escape our notice that all takes place in the Spirit. The Spirit brings the Father’s love song down from heaven into our hearts as God’s love is poured into our hearts by the Spirit. And then, by the same Spirit, our love is returned to the Father through the Son.

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