“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
God the Singer
(Please read Zephaniah 3:17)
God sings! This wondrous fact is revealed in a happy passage by the prophet Zephaniah. Foreseeing a bright future after Jerusalem’s repentance, the prophet admonishes, “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem” (3:14, NIV). Then our text states that God will rejoice over them with singing, the only time the Bible makes such a statement.
Why wouldn’t God sing? He dictated the words of a song to Moses to have the Israelites learn and sing (Deuteronomy 31:19 and 32). He often commanded his people to sing. His Son joined in singing a hymn the night before he was crucified – and probably many other times in his earthly life. The Holy Spirit assists us in singing; Paul tell us to “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18-19, NAS). And in the visions of Revelation, John heard a “new song” being sung in heaven itself.
There are sad songs, of course, but mostly our singing is filled with happiness. James wrote, “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises” (5:13). In fact, even when a person is not cheerful, the very act of singing, especially singing praises to God, will lift the singer’s spirits. God wants to hear his children sing, and we want to give him reason to sing with joy as he watches our lives.
Ah, how sweet the dream of heavenly scenes in which we can join our Father in songs of rejoicing!