How Zephaniah Helps Us Feel the Glad Love of God
John Piper says it's almost too good to believe. Hear Zephaniah's words:
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 is an absolutely magnificent promise that is meant to make us feel God's joy. Like when the father ran to embrace his prodigal son, some scenes in Scripture are especially meant to astonish us with mercy.
But not everyone can bring themselves to believe God's love for us is that powerful. Though, as Pastor John writes, Zephaniah wants to help us get it:
[Zephaniah] labors under the wonderful inspiration of God to overcome every obstacle that would keep a person from believing — really feeling and enjoying — the unspeakable news that God exults over us with singing. (178)