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Do you know that your heavenly Father sang over you last night? He wasn’t busy in other places; he was right by your side resting in His love for you. He was speaking life into your soul and singing lullabies of grace. He was strengthening you for the day ahead, this very day. That’s who your Father is. That’s His heart for you.

Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” This verse almost seems like a contradiction in a way. Our God is mighty, yet He rests in His love for us. Our God will save, yet He joys in the fact that He must save us. What a wonder our God is. He is powerful, yet loving; strong, yet gentle in His way with us.

I can’t help but think of my own dad when I read this verse. When I was little, no one was as strong as my dad. He could lift me high on his shoulders and help me reach any object I couldn’t grasp, yet when I needed his loving arms he was the gentlest of all men. I was able to crawl in his lap and rest in his love for me. And, even though he wouldn’t sing a lick for anyone else on the planet, he would sing for me. We would ride in his truck and belt out country tunes, or when we had chores in the kitchen, he would sing songs like “California Dreamin’ ”, “Yes, We Have no Bananas”, “Where the Soul Never Dies”, or “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. I was constantly learning a new song from him. His song library was vast and varied and I loved every minute of it.

My dad was so strong, yet he was also filled with tenderness and affection. He was able to save me from precarious situations, yet we were also able to have times filled with laughter and love. He was a contradiction, but that’s what made him such a great father.

Thinking of my dad helps me to grasp Zephaniah 3:17 a little better. God, our ultimate Father, lifts us high on His shoulders as we go through valleys that are too deep for us. Sometimes, He lifts us up so we can simply see a glimpse of hope in the horizon. He knows just what we need to see. Our God is also mighty to save in any situation. He will protect us and lead us and give us victories in areas we never dreamed possible, yet His loving arms are so tender that when we just need to crawl in His lap and rest in His love for us, He opens His arms wide. He allows us to rest in Him. In fact, He calls us to that very place continually. And, on top of all that, He sings over us. Not just at night, but all through the day as well. He rejoices over us. He takes joy in our relationship with Him. What an amazing God He is. What a perfect Father!

When I think of great fathers, I also can’t help but think of my own husband and his relationship with our boys. In their eyes, he can do anything. He consistently blows their minds with his knowledge of mechanics, carpentry, farming, God’s Word and yes, a country song or two. He is mighty in their eyes, yet they also know that he is there for them when they need a hug, or a word of encouragement. I can’t imagine that they don’t know to the core of their being how proud he is of them because he tells them often. They know that they can rest in his love for them. They never doubt it. My boys and their dad joy in each other’s company and he sings over them whether they want him to, or not. Grin! He can’t help but run to their rescue when they need him. It’s just who he is. His love for them compels him. He can’t help himself.

That’s the same with our Savior, our perfect daddy. He can’t help but save us because His love for us runs so deep. He is the ultimate Father, our ultimate daddy. Whatever dad you have dreamed up over the years, He is it. In fact, He is more than you could ever dream up. He is the God of the universe and He loves you. Yes, you. If you have received Him as Lord and Savior, than He is rejoicing over you knowing that soon He will be able to hold you in His arms for all eternity. He knows that you will mature into the child He knows you were designed to be. He knows that soon He will hold your sweet face in His hands and say, “Well done my beautiful child; enter into the joy that I have stored up for you since the beginning of time.”

If you have not yet received Him as your Savior, He is singing songs of salvation over you. He is reaching out to rescue you. He can’t help Himself because His love for you runs so deep. Second Peter 3:9 says that He does not want any to perish, but for all to have eternal life with Him. He has not returned to earth yet so that you can be saved. He is wooing you in every way imaginable. Receive Him today. Allow Him to rejoice over you with the joy of salvation. He is the ultimate Father, trust Him.

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.”

Rest in your ultimate Father today. Hear Him rejoicing over you. Hear Him singing that you are His. Allow His blessing to cover you today. Praise Him that even if no man on earth has treated you as a father should, you’ve still got Him. You still have your perfect Father.

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