I remember many times in my life when people have stated to me how strong of a person that I am. Sometimes I feel like such a fool when I hear those words. In appearance, I come across strong, but oh so many times I am weak. Self-esteem gets the best of me too many times to count. It could be anything- my looks, my skills, my talents- anything. I think we all get to that point at one time or another.
When I get into one of those “moods” of low self-esteem, I try to imagine myself through the eyes of God. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing”. Isn’t that beautiful to know that God sings over us?
I can’t help but think about my children when I think about this verse. I love my kids more than anything else in the world. I remember rocking them to sleep and singing sweetly into their ears. It was calming and relaxing, but more than anything it gave them a sense of security. It is the same when God sings over us and delights in us.
I have carried a tradition from my childhood with my children today. My dad would torture me by singing to me. My dad couldn’t carry a tune if his life depended on it, so it was torture! But I have never forgotten this game of ours. He would sing, “Have I told you lately that I love you?” He would then proceed to chase me down and kiss me all over my face. I now do that with my own children. I don’t know why it meant so much to me as a child, but now looking back I think it showed me how much my dad really did love me.
God loves us in the same way. Maybe not necessarily with kisses all over our face, but He showed His love by sending his only son, Jesus Christ to die for each of us. There is no greater act of love than what God did for us by sending Jesus to the cross so that we might have eternal life with Him. He wants to delight in us for eternity!
Looking through God’s eyes helps me to see how much he values and loves me. I take great comfort in knowing that he delights and sings over me…and you.