A couple of years ago, my wife explained a snippet of my musical past to my three-year old daughter. “Your Daddy used to sing in a barbershop quartet, during Christmastime at Silver Dollar City,” my wife shared. This sparked a thought in my little girl’s mind, “Let’s go listen to Daddy sing at Church. After a few minutes of negotiations, my wife convinced Aliyah to call Daddy at Church. Then she added, “He can sing over the phone.”
My daughter consented.
On that morning, as every weekday morning, a handful of men arrived at 8:30 at the Church and drank coffee with the staff. As I chatted at this daily ritual, the phone in my pocket buzzed. I glanced at the caller ID and slipped away from the table. My wife disclosed the earlier conversation with Aliyah. I stepped out into the bitter cold. Moments later I broke into, “The Christmas Song”….Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose….After crooning a few lines, I went back inside. Aliyah handed the phone back to my wife, but my private concert wasn’t over. “She wants to hear Jingle Bells,” my wife announced.
I stepped back out into the cold.
Yes, another little girl with her father wrapped around her little finger.
As I later thought about the impromptu serenade, I remembered one of my favorite Scriptures from the Bible. Zephaniah 3:17 shares:
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
The One who breathed the universe into existence…the One who named and tracks each individual star…the One who orchestrates the rising and setting sun…the Maestro who conducts the changing of the seasons…that same One, loves His children enough to sing songs over them. Not songs of gloom, doom, and judgment, but musical selections of joy. Gill’s Exposition on the Bible shares the following commentary:
“He will joy over thee with singing; there is a pleonasm of joy in Christ’s heart towards His people, and so a redundancy in His expression of it; He rejoices with joy, and joys with singing; which shows how delighted He is with His people, as they are His chosen, redeemed, and called ones; as they have His own righteousness upon them, and His own grace in them; they are His “Hephzibah,” in whom He delights; His “Beulah,” to whom He is married; and it is His love of complacency and delight, which is the source of all grace and glory He bestows upon them…”
Simply put, God bursts into song to express His love to us.
A beautiful gift for any season….