September 22 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O Lord, thank you that you rejoice over us with gladness because of your Son, our Savior, Jesus. Quiet us, this day, with your love, O Lord, that we may hear the song of affection that you sing constantly over us. Thank you that one day you will gather us and bring us home, that we might hear that song from your very lips for all eternity. Amen.  

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20

Journal: What do you think about a God who would sing over you? Do you believe you are worth being sung over? Do you believe that you bring deep joy to the heart of God? Do you believe that he desires to spend all of eternity rejoicing over you in happy song?

Reflection: There are many great pictures of God’s great affection for us in the Bible, but maybe none sweeter than the one in Zephaniah 3:16-17. It tells us that God is so delighted to be in relationship with us that it brings a song to his lips and joy to His heart. Is that not INCREDIBLE! The God of the universe is so pleased that we have come home to him that he bursts into song. Eugene Peterson said it so well in The Message: 

“Cheer up! Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God
has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior.
He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his 
love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over 
you by singing a happy song.” (Zephaniah 3:16-17)

Knowing him and following him is a lifelong process—one that is not easy and will not make all of our problems go away. But it is, nonetheless, a process that offers us a real, loving, intimate relationship with the Living God—one that will bring a richness and a peace, a fullness and a depth to our lives that we never imagined. One that is a foreshadowing, a tiny taste, of what it will be like for all eternity. (Beginnings by Jim Branch)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Manuel and Annabella Valverde are involved in church planting and leadership training in Guatemala. Dr. Valverde started the Francisco Lacueva Theological Seminary (STFL) in 2012 and they now have 14 students. Pray today for the students in the seminary and the churches where they serve.

The Málaga Media Center is a ministry catalyst creating and establishing new reproducing churches by communicating Biblical truth through media and partnership. It is located in Málaga, Spain. Pray today for the leaders of this organization.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, give me ears to hear your heavenly song, that it might so capture me with love for you that it changes everything about the way I live my life, both in this world and the next. Amen.