You’ve heard it before: “If it sounds too good to be true, then it’s too good to be true.” When you read Zephaniah 3:17, you may think that it sounds too good to be true:
The Lord your God is with you. He is a warrior who saves you. He happily rejoices over you; renews you with his love; and, He celebrates over you with shouts of joy.
Before you pass judgment on the veracity of this verse, you may want to consider it from the perspective and testimony of some people from the pages of history:
- Think about Daniel. He was thrown into a den of lions which was the sentence of death; however, God intervened; the lions were afflicted with a serious case of lockjaw; and, Daniel was saved.
- What about David? This runt of the litter was fiercely courageous, and God used him as a warrior to slay Goliath.
- Lazarus heard the shout of God, and he experienced a celebration and the joyful power of the resurrection.
Still think it sounds too good to be true? Then you might want to read Psalm 121, the Pilgrim’s Psalm, from The Message:
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stumble; your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep. God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you—Shielding you from sunstroke, and sheltering you from moonstroke. God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.
Believe it! God is with you, and He wants to happily rejoice over you.