God Sings Songs About You
God Sings Songs About You
What do you think God thinks about you? In other words, when God thinks about you, what does he feel? When God looks at you, what does he see? When God talks about you, what does he say?
When most people answer that question, they go one of two directions. Some people would say, “God likes me, just because I’m me. Who wouldn’t like me? I’m a pretty likeable person!” Other people would be on the opposite side, “God probably doesn’t like me. He’s probably disgusted by me. He barely endures me.”
What would you say if I told you that God sings songs about you? When God thinks about you, he sings. His love for you is so strong that he writes songs about you.
When I was in high school, I wanted to be a songwriter. I learned to sing and play the guitar. I learned music theory. Then I tried to write my first song. It was a love song for my girlfriend. I spent two months getting the melody just right. And then I spent two months getting the words just right. Then one night, when it was just right, I finally played it for my girlfriend. In my mind, it was the best song anybody had ever written. It was probably the best song in the history of music.
I played it perfectly. I sang it perfectly. And when I was finished, I looked up at my girlfriend to see how she would respond. And she said, “Ummm, isn’t that the same melody as that Debbie Gibson song?” I paused for a few seconds, and I said, “Awwwgghh. Yes it is.” I never wrote another song after that. And I broke up with my girlfriend after that. It was just too painful.
Because music is personal. Music is emotional. Music is special. If I just say something to you, you can ignore me. But if I sing something to you, you have to pay attention. If I sing to you, it touches your heart. It affects you in a way that words alone never can. Music is powerful.
And that’s why it’s so encouraging to know that God sings over you. That’s what it says in Zephaniah:
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. (Zephaniah 3:17)
God is singing over you right now. It’s not because of anything you’ve done to deserve it. Earlier in this chapter, Zephaniah says God is bringing judgment on all the nations because all of us are “rebellious and defiled.” But he’s also bringing mercy and forgiveness for those who put their trust in him (those who “call upon the name of the Lord”). And he’s bringing purity and humility to our hearts (“You shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain. But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly”).
In other words, God does not delight in you because you’re a delightful person. He delights in you because he is a delightful person, and he chose to come into your life. God chose to come live with you (“the Lord your God is in your midst”) when Jesus came to live on earth with you. God chose to come save you (“a mighty one who will save”) when Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins and save you from the punishment you deserve. God chose to come delight in you (“he will rejoice over you with gladness”), since Jesus is standing before the father right now, speaking the best of you.
God is with you, God is saving you, and God delights in you. So you can make it through anything in life. If the world comes against you, who cares? God is with you. If life starts to destroy you, it doesn’t matter. God is saving you. If people condemn you, it doesn’t make any difference. God delights in you. Just imagine the song he’s singing right now about you.
God enjoys you, and that’s what makes it possible for you to enjoy him. This Sunday we’re starting a new sermon series based on the Psalms, called Enjoying God. Invite a friend!