"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save, he will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17
As 2010 dawns bright and new out my windows this morning, I am looking forward to a new year of learning to be quiet so that I may feel God's love surrounding me. So often I take command of every situation and then feel anxiety grow and multiply when things begin to crumble.
About a month ago, I came across this verse when I was doing my devotions. I was randomly flipping the pages when I came to Zephaniah. I couldn't remember what the book was all about so I began reading. When I got to chapter 3 verse 17, I knew why I had been filled with curiosity about this book. The Lord has been pressing upon my heart to just be still. To feel His love. To know His presence. To give all to Him. "He will quiet you with his love", encompasses so many of my needs right now. When things get tough, crazy and unbearable this is what I say over and over until I feel His peace wrap right around me.
This year I will be focusing on letting the Lord quiet me with His love, for He is my strength and refuge. He is my shield and will uphold me with his righteous right hand. May I always praise His glorious name!
What word, verse or portion of verse will you be focusing on this year?