Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Lord Will Rejoice Over You

My oldest daughter Charity recently shared with us that one morning last week as she was laying in bed in the morning before it was time to get up, she was in a light sleep and sort of half awake. Suddenly she began to hear this beautiful melody start to play. She then became fully awake and realized that there was nothing in the natural realm that she could have heard, since there was no possible source in or around our home for that music. And she knew that the music was not a dream either, because she had not been dreaming at the time in that half-sleep state that she was in.

As she recounted this experience to us, it was my opinion that what she heard were the holy angels in the room as the girls slept, who were playing their instruments in worship. I believe that when we are asleep, the veil between us and the spiritual realm becomes thinner, and it becomes easier to have spiritual encounters with the Lord and his holy angels in that state. Likewise, it is also easier to have unwanted encounters with demons, too. But if we are serving the Lord, He's got us covered, especially if we pray before going to bed and ask Him to encamp His angels around us to protect us while we sleep.

I'm reminded that the Scripture says the Lord rejoices over His holy people. This is such an amazing truth! Let’s look at some of these verses in the Bible.

"Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers;”  (Deu 30:9)

This promise in Deuteronomy is for the people who “return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul.”

Another beautiful verse is found in Isaiah, which is said to the righteous saints. “For as a young man marries a virgin, So your sons will marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So your God will rejoice over you.” (Isa 62:5)

But perhaps the most amazing verse is found in Zephaniah, regarding the lowly and humble people of God with purified lips, who take refuge in the Lord, who do no wrong and tell no lies. It says, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in his love, He will joy over thee with singing.” (Zep 3:17 KJV)

The Darby version says, “He will exult over thee with singing,” and the ESV says, “He will exult over you with loud singing.”

The word for “singing” in this verse comes from the Hebrew word “ranan” meaning “cry, gladness, joy, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, singing, triumph.”  (Strongs)

Since His voice is more beautiful than any other voice in the entire universe, and since He sings more sweetly than any other, it’s going to be an awesome experience in glory to hear the Lord rejoice triumphantly over His beloved people with singing, as a bridegroom rejoices over His bride. I don’t think there will be one single person who is able to remain standing when He does that. It will be so wonderful that I believe that one experience alone will make it worth all the hardships, trials, and difficulties we have to endure in our heaven-bound journey on earth.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless noted otherwise. Homecoming painting © 2015 Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist. 

Author's note: I invite you to visit the Main Directory for Seeking the Lord, especially Walking in the Perfect Will of God, The Love of Jesus, Pleasing the Lord, Striving to Enter the Kingdom of God, Praying for the Lord Jesus, Living a Life Worthy of the Lord, Lifting Hands in Prayer, Lifting Your Face in Prayer, Praise the Lord!, Inquiring of the Lord, and Hearing the Lord's Voice. You may also access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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