17 Yahweh, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing. (WEB)
This is one of my favorite verses in the Old Testament. It is absolutely packed full of gold nuggets that speak of our Father's heart for us! Let's examine this verse line by line...
Line #1...Yahweh, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save.
First of all, there is the promise that God is close to us. He is actually in our midst! Then there is the promise that He is Almighty God and He promises to save us! One translation says that God is 'a mighty warrior'. This is a really good example of the ferocious love of God! He is close to us and He will war on our behalf.
Line #2... He will rejoice over you with joy.
Do you know that your Father is actually happy about you? You were created for His pleasure and your life brings much joy to His heart. The NIV Bibles says that He 'takes great delight in you'.
Line #3... He will calm you with his love.
Have you ever seen a loving mother calm her little child? No matter how big the bruise, how scary the nightmare, the love of a mother has the uncanny ability to calm even the most anxious of hearts. Our Heavenly Father promises to calm us with His love!
Line #4... He will rejoice over you with singing.
This is one of my most favorite pictures of God where we are told that He sings love songs over us. What an amazing picture that is! I actually think that when we are singing worship songs to Him, He is responding from heaven by singing songs over us in response!
May this short, but packed-full Bible verse give you a closer look at your Heavenly Dad. He is not distant and angry, but loving and tender ...and yet MIGHTY to save!