After a stuttered start in the blogosphere, I’m loving the launch of this fresh little series! I hope these power-packed truths infuse your busy day with a little supernatural inspiration as you take thirty seconds and soak in some Scripture. ♥
One-Liner 2 Live By #1:
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will quiet you by His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
I love the way this portrayal of God shakes up the formal portrait too many carry around in their minds. This Scripture captures a Daddy’s undignified expression of enchantment with His kids. It not only reminds me who He is, but who I am to Him, a reality we often forget! In fact, I recall an interactive devotional during a women’s retreat where we each had to earn a princess crown by stating one reason we were special. I’ve never seen a room full of chatter women fall silent so fast before! But we are special.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior…”
Sometime He feels far away, but this verse assures us He is with us, right here, right now. We are not forgotten; we are worth fighting for. So if you’re weary, lean on His strength. If wounds, past or present, weigh you down, know that He is the Protector of your heart, and you are still His cherished and chosen one. If you’ve been misjudged and the motives of your heart were twisted by another, know that He is your Defense. Lean into His presence, feel the peace of His protection, and draw strength from the truth that HE is your Victory!
“He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy…”
Not only are we worth fighting for, we are worth rejoicing over. His heart beats with delight simply because we belong to Him! If you’re feeling a little lonely or unloved, I promise the picture painted here in these two Hebrew terms will lift your spirits and light up that beautiful face of yours with a smile!
The first term, rinnah, represents utter joy unleashed in lyrical melody; its partner, giyl, captures the action of leaping and circular motion. Taken together, the two portray a God who is literally twirling around in Heaven, singing and shouting for joy. Why?
The short and sweet of it is HE LOVES YOU. He’s so crazy about you He can’t keep His feet from dancing! I rarely picture this happening up in heaven; after all, I know what goes on in my head and heart, and it’s not always something worth singing about. Yet here God is, so in love with His creation, His kids clothed in purity, white as snow through the blood of the Lamb, that He can’t help Himself. His joy bubbles over into song and dance. Scripture doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
So today, whether your world is a place of contentment or conflict, of peace or of pain, know that God stands with you. He is the Mighty Warrior who loves you too much to keep quiet. You are special simply because you are His.
And that’s a one-liner to live by,
Sarah Jo Fairchild
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