Singing Over Me

When Joel was in prison, Roman was a baby who grew into a toddler. He loved to sing and be sung to. Every night when I put him to bed, he wanted me to sing him a song.  So it was no surprise that on visits to the prison, Roman would ask Joel to sing to him. Joel would cradle him in his arms, walk around the perimeter of the grey cement patio, and sing softly over Roman. Roman obviously cherished these precious moments with his dad; He relished the undivided attention, the open display of care and affection from the father he adored. But Joel also cherished these moments of communion with his tiny son. He relished lavishing Roman with affection and sharing in his joy.

Zephaniah 3:17 says,

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.

This verse was written as a promise to the Israelites of God’s restoration plan for them. It is an assurance that even when sin mars the relationship, even when consequences riddle our lives, God is in the process of restoration. Even then, He is for us.

God’s song is intimate,  precious, and undivided.  It is a joy to Him to dote over us, just as it was a joy for Joel to dote on Roman. Oh, that we would feel and reciprocate that joy!

The Song
Do you really rejoice,
Lifting your voice,
Over me with a song?

Wild melody of delight,
Floating on the night,
Racing to the dawn?

Notes joyous and free,
Wafting over me,
As light breaks they’re gone.

Yet deep in my heart I hear,
The sound of your voice so clear.
And I feel the joy of your song.

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