ESV - 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.
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When I read this portion of Scripture I see a description of a loving living personal God. So many pictures and movies show Him as solemn and no emotions. This Scripture shows a God who is God but has joy and deep happy emotions when He thinks of us His children. I do picture him as singing over us as a small child but this song is also joyful because of the victory in spiritual warfare accomplished by this child by faith in this living loving God!
This rejoicing means that God Himself will join them in their happy singing (see Zephaniah 3:14-18). This will be after their regathering (Zp 3:10, 19-20a), their restoring (Zp 3:20b), and their refining (Zp 3:11-13). HW Compare Luke 15:5,6,23,24,32 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing… Luke 15:5-6 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' Luke 15:23-24 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:32 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'" God’s love is constant and patient and welcoming. He’ll search for you and give you chances to repent, but He’ll not force you to come to Him. LASB
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