Perhaps it is inevitable, but our granddaughter’s arrival gave me a refreshed perspective on one of my favourite descriptions of God. Let me set the scene.
Two days had passed since our granddaughter, Talaya, came into this world, and I was about to meet her for the first time. I confess I was tingling as I stood outside the hospital ward, waiting for my chance to hold her. I knew that this moment would change my life.
I entered the room and was greeted by the sight of our precious two-day-old Talaya. She was tiny, her eyes still adjusting to the world around her. My daughter and son-in-law offered Talaya to me and I gingerly picked her up.
Automatically, without thought, I began to hum a traditional nursery rhyme to her. Talaya’s tiny eyelids grew heavy. She settled into my arms and fell asleep. It was magical.
In that moment, I couldn’t help but recall a passage from Zephaniah: “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV11). As I sang to Talaya, I felt a profound connection between this verse and our experience.
Just as I sang nursery rhymes over my granddaughter, I realised that our Heavenly Father sings over us with love and joy. Singing over someone is an intimate act. He takes delight in us, just as I took delight in my granddaughter.
I continue to sing over Talaya at every opportunity. In those moments, I feel an unbreakable bond between us, a bond rooted in love. It is a tangible reminder of God’s love for each of us, His children. It’s a reminder that God’s love for us is like that of a grandparent holding their precious grandchild—overflowing with delight, tenderness, and an unending melody of love.
What does knowing that God delights to sing over you mean to you? What songs do you think he might sing?
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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)
God bless, Malcolm