Today I want to share with you the most beautiful song I've ever heard. In doing this, I realize the vast number of songs to choose from. I love Jars of Clay. They are unmatched in creativity, depth and diversity in my opinion. I love the Christian rap of Lacrae and DaTruth. I love the edgy sound of Switchfoot. I like every kind of music. I have to guard myself from becoming engulfed in all the ungodly lyrics that are on the radio today. I could listen to classic rock, alternative, rap, country and top 40 pop. I like it all. So I'm saying something to say that I've narrowed all the possibilities down to one song. It is by far the most precious melody I've ever swayed to. It's lyrics steal my attention and will not let me go. It's rhythm beats in time with every thump of my heart. And what's more, I know for a fact that no song to come will ever knock this song off its throne as the most beautiful song I've ever heard. The song I'm referring to is the song that God is singing over my life.
"The Lord your God is in our 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" (Zephaniah 3:17).
This is such a precious verse! To think that the Creator of the universe is singing over me! Me. He is on my side. He rejoices over me with gladness. He loves me. He's with me. How can any song compare to the song of my happy, loving Creator? And he sings loudly! He doesn't hum. He exults in his song.
The reason that this verse is so precious is because I don't deserve to hear such sweet music. If the lust and bitterness in my heart were dispersed equally among all the inhabitants of earth, I have no doubt we would collectively live in eternal torment. I have enough for everyone. But because of the life, death, resurrection and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ I am an object of God's joyful love.
My friends, God has no bounds. Nothing can contain him. So if he is happy, he is really, really, really happy! Infinitely happy. When theologians seek to explain God, they often use a list of words on which to "hook" their thoughts. The hooks on this list are called attributes. An attribute is a quality or characteristic of someone or something. For instance, God is omniscient, or knows everything. God is gracious. God is omnipresent, or everywhere. God is omnipotent, or all powerful. God is just. While all that is true, I search in vain in most books about the attributes of God for the one attribute that gives me the most comfort - the eternal happiness of God. My happiness flows from the thought of his happiness.
I would be terrified of an unhappy God with infinite power, knowledge, wrath, and justice. I believe God is gracious and loving because God is happy. Justice can flow from a crabby judge. Grace and love would be more difficult. Just judges don't sing. Happy ones do. I am so thankful that God is pleased to sing a happy song over me. If you'd like to consider more on this provocative subject, I highly recommend a little book by Sam Storms entitled, The Singing God: Discover the Joy of Being Enjoyed by God.
Can you hear it? Do you hear the song of God's amazing love accompanying your life? Is his song sweet enough in your ear to capture your affection? To steal your heart away from the trinkets and treasures of this world? Is his voice more captivating than the voice of your spouse? Does his joy overflow in yours? Does your heart sing the harmony to his joyful, exulting melody?