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Silence into Singing

Neil Dawson
Neil DawsonLead Pastor
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God shows quiet affection for his Creation before breaking into a song of delight over it.

Zephaniah 3:17 paints a vivid picture of God as a warrior who gives victory, embodying strength and protection. This image complements the message of John 3:16 in the New Testament, where God’s immense love for humanity is demonstrated through the sacrifice of His Son.

Contrary to the belief that God is perpetually angry with us, the truth is that He is profoundly for us, aligning with the idea that the doctrine of impassability is flawed. God’s nature is not one of detachment but of deep empathy and engagement with His creation.

Many in the church today are convinced that God is angry with his people. They’ve no idea how crazy he is for us.”

Jack Deere

In John 14 – 16, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the profound joy He desires for them, as highlighted in John 15:11, where He wishes for His joy to be in them, making their joy complete. Joy, as a divine attribute, underscores God’s delight in His relationship with His children.

Imagine the God of the universe becoming silent, reflecting on His love for us — this silence can be seen as a sign of His quiet, contemplative love. However, this silence is eventually broken by God’s song over us, symbolizing His exuberant joy and affection. This dynamic interplay of quiet love and joyous singing reveals a God who is intimately connected to and passionate about His people.

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