HE Rejoices Over us with Singing

He Rejoices Over You with Singing

Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

What comes to your mind when you think about the cross? Specifically what comes to mind when you think about Jesus on the cross?  How do you think He felt? Where do you think His focus was? What emotions do you think He showed?  Hurt, pain, disappointment,…..He felt all of those things and more. He experienced torture, excruciating pain, and humiliation.  He had to feel frustration, disappointment, and unbelievable pain.  He spoke, He sweated drops of blood, He cried out, and He probably even sang.

He did what? He sang.  It was the tradition of Jewish men during that time to sing the psalms.  They memorized them, and they would sing them as they went throughout their day.  So most likely when Jesus was on the cross and the words, “My God my God why have you forsaken me?” came out of his mouth, they were not spoken but sung.  They were sung because they were the words of Psalm 22, and they didn’t just speak the Psalms they sang them.  But I believe He sang for another reason? He sang because He was joyful.

We think about Jesus talking and weeping, and crying out on the cross but we don’t think about Him singing.  We think about Him hurting and feeling pain and disappointment.  We think about Him feeling betrayed but we certainly don’t think about Him feeling joyful on the cross.  But He was.  

Hebrews 12:2 says that “He endured the cross and that He despised the shame (of the crucifixion) for the joy that was set before Him.”  So Jesus felt joy on the cross.  Where did that joy come from? Why even though He was in agony did He experience joy? What was He joyful about? He was joyful because on the cross He was purchasing salvation for you and me.  He was enabling us to have our sins forgiven and to be reconciled to God.  All of that was only possible through the cross and as Jesus hung on the cross He was joyful because He was providing that for us.

He loves us that much.  He loves us so much that He was joyful even through the torture and pain.  He loves us so much that while He was on the cross, He was rejoicing over us with singing.  That is simply amazing.  No wonder Paul prayed that followers of Jesus, “would know just how wide, how deep, and how long is the love of God.”  Jesus displayed the depth of that love on the cross. 

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