The Lord your God will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
I am amazed that our Savior and God sings over us. What a tender, yet powerful, reality in His intercession for us. As I have studied the theme of God singing in scripture it has gripped my heart with how it displays the heart of God. Such a joyful expression of humanity that the Father created and participates in with us.
Here are 5 songs I have found. I’m sure there are more!
Song of Power –
Zephaniah 3:17 -
The Lord your God is in your midst,
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy;
He will quiet you in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
As “a Warrior who saves,” He sings a Song of Power. Do you remember the most powerful voice you’ve ever heard? The voice that gave you goosebumps and had you clutching our chest. The voice that combined passion with radical vocal chords. Now imagine that voice was Jesus Christ, the Warrior. He’s singing over us in power.
The song “Defender” by Rita Springer echoes this beautifully.
Song of Freedom –
“He will rejoice over you with joy.” This is the Song of our Freedom. He comes as a Warrior, singing triumphant, rejoicing in our freedom for we are surely free. Can you hear the finality in His musical declaration as He crushes our enemies under His feet?
Song of Intimacy –
“He will quiet you in His love.” In this posture, I hear a Song of Intimacy. I hear a peaceful melody of delight in His nearness to us and our nearness to Him.
“We Dance” by Steffany Gretzinger is a peaceful melody that always moves my heart toward this quiet intimacy.
Song of Truth –
In Hebrews 2:10-13, Paul speaks of Jesus’ intercession for us. He quotes the psalmist, “I will tell of your name to my people; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” Jesus proclaims the fulfillment of His atonement for us through song. He is declaring Truth in the midst of a congregation.
Is He teaching them a new song? Is He reminding them of an old one that had faded from their memory? Is He singing a beautiful new combination of old truths meeting new? I like to imagine so.
Jesus intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray or sing as we should (Rom 8:26). He sings on our behalf when we have forgotten our song. He sings in our stead and invites us back into the melody.
Song of Courage –
I saved my favorite for last. He sings a Song of Courage over us in Romans 15:8-13. Again, Paul writes of the Old Testament promises Jesus would fulfill: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”
He sings the promise that “the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” He fulfilled the promise of salvation and He will sing this truth over us all the days of our lives. He sings conviction and truth.
“The Lord is my Salvation” by Keith and Krystn Getty is a rich, beloved hymn that drives this truth deep into my bones.
I know I have just scratched the surface. He has a thousand songs to sing. What song is He singing over you? He promises to bring new life and with it, a new song (Isaiah 42:9-10). What new song is He inviting you into?
I pray that the songs of Jesus refresh your heart with the knowledge that He walks before you, beside you, and behind you, singing away your enemies even in a season where you can’t find your song.