Monday, Dec. 23 – Scott Pitts

23 Dec

Monday, Dec. 23 – Love

Today’s Scripture:
Zephaniah 3:14-17

Love that quiets you…

It is easy to think of love at Christmas time.  The verse that usually comes to my mind is John 3.16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Here we see God’s love for the whole world displayed in his giving of his only son, and salvation is found in his son.  That is awesome, that is cause for celebration, for rejoicing, for song, for excitement! But when you start to unpack what exactly that means to me today, to think about all that God has done through Jesus for me yesterday, today and in the future, I think that there could be another response.

This is where Zephaniah steps in.  3.14-17.  What does it say?

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
Shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
He has cleared away your enemies
The King of Israel, the Lord is in your midst
You shall never again fear evil
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
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.”

Notice the progression of the passage.  It starts with great singing and rejoicing on the part of the people and then lists all the things that God has done for his people.  And at the end, it is God who is doing the rejoicing and singing over the people, and the people are quieted by the love of the Lord.  It is almost like the rejoicing and singing that we are doing is smothered by his love.  Or maybe we first see his love towards us and we celebrate but then He just keeps bringing out one course of love after another, after another, after another, and we are overwhelmed by it all; it quiets us.  As we have been going through Ephesians as a church, we can see this.  Ephesians 1 is so full of all the blessings, grace, love that God has for us in Christ that is overwhelmingly right like a 10-layer chocolate cake! (I like chocolate cake, so that illustration really makes me salivate). The cake is so huge, so tall, so thick—and my fork is so small, where do I, how do I start getting into this?!?!

So maybe quietness is part of a great response to the Lord for all his love for us. Quietness to hear the love. Quietness to think about the love. Quietness to be overtaken by the love. Quietness so not to miss the details of the love. Quietness in the silent night, holy night kind of way.

A love that quiets me. I think that I should be quiet now….

-SP

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