God Loves You and He Rejoices Over You with Singing
by Teresa Ortiz
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If you ever feel insignificant in the grand scheme of things, you are not alone. In fact, you would be in good company--and I would be right there with you. King David wondered this same thing many times and shared his thoughts and prayer with us.
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that you are mindful of him?" (Psalm 8:4a.)
I have echoed these same words in my heart from time to time. And then I remember that we have a God who is alive--who's name is El Olam (Hebrew for the Everlasting God). He is a personal God and desires to dwell in the hearts of man.
Isaiah 53:10 says that it pleased the Father to bruise the Son, so that man would be restored to a right relationship with Himself.
Bringing this truth back to the forefront of our hearts and minds will reassure us that we are significant in His sight. We matter and He loves us.
When we consider this name (one of the many) of God, we can be encouraged and confident that everything about His character is everlasting. This means, His plans, His promises and His love for us is forever. What a comforting thought. His love will never run dry. He will never say to us, "here is your portion of grace, use it wisely because when it runs out, it's gone." No, His very name means His provision is forever.
Yes, I know I am repeating myself here, but this is a truth that many of us profess to believe, but our constant state of fear, worry and doubt show the world that we don't really believe that God is big enough for us. Thus, it is worth repeating until all doubt is gone.
Today I would encourage you to consider the following passages of Scripture. Read them with the renewed understanding of El Olam. These thoughts and promises to you are from everlasting to everlasting. A steady stream of love, grace, forgiveness and help in time of need.
"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, The LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength." ( Isaiah 40: 28-29)
"The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)
"For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us in God, who has also sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." (2 Corinthians 1:20-21)
Thank you for the reminder of how much you love us. Thank you that we can count on you and we can know that your love and provision will never cease. Thank you that you provided a way for man to have a relationship with you through Jesus. I pray for those who know you, but are struggling with fear and doubt; maybe they feel they have gone beyond your grace and that you will not accept them any longer. Maybe they are concerned for their loved ones.
Lord, help them to hear the singing that is going on in your heart for them. May they hear your voice and respond to your call to restore confidence and renew their joy. Father, I pray for those who have never surrendered to your love and have not received forgiveness through Jesus Christ, that they may receive Your spirit. Father, you have told us that you will give your children a spirit of strength and a sound mind. Father, hear my prayer and the prayers of others, for if you would chose not to listen there is nothing we would be able to do to get your attention. But you have chosen to hear, and most importantly, respond and I thank you for that. Go before us now, in the most precious name of Jesus I pray. And all who agree say, Amen.
For an In-depth study of the names of God, I suggest reading, "Praying the Names of God" by Ann Spangler. You will be blessed beyond measure!
(C) Teresa Ortiz
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