He exults over us with loud singing
Believer, these are God’s words to you tonight.
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
He has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Believers, I just wonder how many of you really believe tonight that God loves you like those verses say. I wonder, because I often struggle to believe that. One of the manifestations of that unbelief that I’ve been noticing more and more is that my sin drives me away from God instead of toward Him. In my unbelief, I’m scared of God. I feel like He’s an angry beast waiting to zap me with a lightning bolt when I mess up.
The truth is that we can call Him daddy, believer (Galatians 4.6)! He’s on our side (Romans 8.31-32)! The truth is that being convicted over our sin is such a sweet mercy. It means that the spirit of God is active in our lives, challenging us, pushing us away from godlessness and toward holiness. The truth is that He chose us to walk in holiness and blamelessness (Ephesians 1.3-4), yet He also knows that we are frail, weak humans (Psalm 103.13-14), which means that He’s going to help us get there (Philippians 1.6). He’s walking with us the whole way. In the same way that our sinful fathers do not cast us out of the family when we sin, so our perfect heavenly Father will never cast us out of His family when we sin.
So, be encouraged by the Holy Spirit’s painful conviction of sin in your life. Be broken, yes. Repent with all your heart, yes. Fight your sin with all your strength, yes. And then, forget what lies behind you and press on to know Christ better (Philippians 3.13-14). Let the Spirit’s conviction drive you deeper into the relentless grace of your heavenly Father who exults over you with loud singing because of Jesus.