I read this grouping of verses* this morning, and my heart is full. Isn’t our great and marvelous Father increasingly wonderful for His condescension toward us? These verses are so instructive and concise–what power the Word has, even in the simplest of phrases!
“The recompense of God” is much more effective than any “vengeance” we may attempt to exact…and His work always accomplishes His perfect purposes as well. Let Him handle your struggles.
Then we read “He will exult over you with loud singing”…I want to read more about this (see some of my precious diggings toward the end of this post). The voice of God? Singing? Over me? What could this be like? Those “herald angels” can’t hold a candle to this, I’m certain!
He has so lovingly borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…the Lord Jesus gave Himself as an offering for everything that constitutes our weary, sinful existence. What a wonderful Savior, this unspeakable Gift of ours.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”-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.-Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore.”
*ESV Zeph. 3:15; Isa. 41:10; Isa. 35:3, 4; Zeph. 3:17; Ps. 27:14; Rev. 21:3, 4 (Read full verses…)
Read these neat ideas from JFB Commentary:
17. he will rest in his love–content with it as His supreme delight (compare Luk 15:7, 10 ) [CALVIN], ( Isa 62:5 65:19 ). Or, He shall be silent, namely as to thy faults, not imputing them to thee [MAURER] ( Psa 32:2 Eze 33:16 ). I prefer explaining it of that calm silent joy in the possession of the object of one’s love, too great for words to express: just as God after the six days of creation rested with silent satisfaction in His work, for “behold it was very good” ( Gen 1:31 2:2 ). So the parallel clause by contrast expresses the joy, not kept silent as this, but uttered in “singing.”
Here is what Spurgeon says in one of his sermons:
My heart is comforted as I plainly see in these words love unchanging, love abiding, love eternal: “he will rest in his love.” Jehovah changes not. Being married to his people, “he hateth putting away.” Immutability is written on his heart. The turtle-dove, when he has once chosen his mate, remains faithful throughout life, and if the beloved dies, he will, in many cases, pine away with grief for her, for his life is wrapped up in hers. Even so our Lord hath made his choice of his beloved, and he will never change it: he died for his church, and so long as he lives he will remember his own love, and what it cost him: “Who shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?” “He will rest in his love…The last word is, however, the most wonderful of all: “He will joy over thee with singing.” Think of the great Jehovah singing! Can you imagine it? Is it possible to conceive of the Deity breaking into a song: Father, Son and Holy Ghost together singing over the redeemed? God is so happy in the love which he bears to his people that he breaks the eternal silence, and sun and moon and stars with astonishment hear God chanting a hymn of joy. Among Orientals a certain song is sung by the bridegroom when he receives his bride: it is intended to declare his joy in her, and in the fact that his marriage has come. Here, by the pen of inspiration, the God of love is pictured as married to his church, and so rejoicing in her that he rejoices over her with singing. If God sings, shall not we sing? He did not sing when he made the world. No; he looked upon it, and simply said that it was good. The angels sang, the sons of God shouted for joy: creation was very wonderful to them, but it was not much to God, who could have made thousands of worlds by his mere will. Creation could not make him sing; and I do not even know that Providence ever brought a note of joy from him, for he could arrange a thousand kingdoms of providence with ease. But when it came to redemption, that cost him dear. Here he spent; eternal thought, and drew up a covenant with infinite wisdom. Here he gave his Only-begotten Son, and put him to grief to ransom his beloved ones. When all was done, and the Lord saw what became of it in the salvation of his redeemed, then he rejoiced after a divine manner. What must the joy be which recompenses Gethsemane and Calvary! Here we are among the Atlantic waves. The Lord God receives an accession to the infinity of his joy in the thought of his redeemed people. “He shall rejoice over thee with singing.” I tremble while I speak of such themes, lest I should say a word that should dishonor the matchless mystery; but still we are glad to note what is written, and we are bound to take comfort from it. Let us have sympathy with the joy of the Lord, for this will be our strength. “
This is the stuff reveries are made of…