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Rejoice with Singing

Last night I had the opportunity to sit around with my family sharing memories. We’d had a fun day wakeboarding and inner tubing at the lake so we were very comfortable with one another. It didn’t take long before the conversation turned to telling stories. We talked about how one of our sons used to throw things up on the roof of the church just so he could get permission to climb up to get it down. He had figured out a pretty smooth and safe way to get up on top of the building and he loved to climb so he came up with as many imaginative ways as possible to “help out” his friends by retrieving their stuff. As he recounted his best monkey moments, we all laughed. We then told stories about another son who decided to run hurdles during his freshman year in high school. As he told the story of his first race where he looked like a bunny rabbit hopping over hurdles, we laughed again. It was definitely one of the highlights of my week.
I wonder if this is partly what Jesus was referring to in John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” The thought has been on mind for a little while because I came across a verse about four weeks ago that I don’t remember seeing before. It is in Zephaniah 3:17. It is part of the description of what it will be like during the Millennial Kingdom (The 1000 year reign of Christ that will follow the 7 year tribulation period where Jesus will be running the government and we will serve with Him). We know this is a great time of joy for us because we have perfected bodies that no longer suffer the effects of death. The government is perfectly run and there are no evil influences on earth. It is a good time for us and those who are still living on earth building careers and raising families. There is a lot of joy among the people because life is how it ought to be.
It doesn’t stop there, however. The joy is multiplied because the Messiah joins in the celebration. Zephaniah states, “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.” Not only do we celebrate over all that He has done for us but He sings over us! The work is accomplished. We have reached our potential. We no longer need to be rebuked, corrected, disciplined or trained. The work is truly finished and we are now operating at full capacity. He apparently is so glad to have us with Him and to see us in our completed state that He rejoices with us. Like a parent celebrates his child or a grandparent delights in his grandchild, His joy will be in us!
Now that is a thought I can carry with me all day.