“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 NIV
In His Love
It isn’t just Canadians who love this country – so do tourists and the global tourist industry. Canada has beaten the US, receiving one of the top honours from the World Travel Awards.
The True North was named North America’s leading destination for 2023, taking the top spot away from the US, which won in 2022. It’s no surprise that Canada won the award last year, with many of its attractions receiving honours in other global rankings.
God loves you. There are many themes to the redemptive narrative in the Bible, but at the heart of it all is God’s incredible, lavish love for you and me. He has proven this in its fullness by sending Jesus to be our Redeemer. Prior to Jesus’ coming, God expressed His love to His people throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. The prophet Zephaniah looked forward to the day when the Messiah would come and writes, in Zephaniah 3:17: “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.” What a beautiful picture of what God has done in Jesus Christ. Over and over in the Old Testament, God had to rebuke His people to draw them back to Himself. With the coming of Jesus, the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in His people. God delights in us through Christ. He has removed our sin and because He has, He rejoices over us with singing. That thought moves me deeply – God singing over us. I can’t wait to hear that – and we will one day soon. Imagine – God singing over you in love.
These have been words from the heart.