Over the summer, Agnes and I began watching The Chosen, a television series on the life of Jesus. The reactions and expressions depicted by the actor playing Jesus are so raw and vulnerable that I found myself feeling a little uncomfortable. This is one of the most vivid portrayals of the humanity of Jesus I have ever witnessed.
One scene that really caught my attention was Jesus turning the water into wine at the marriage supper in Cana. I had never thought about Jesus singing and dancing with his friends and disciples, let alone drinking wine at a wedding. It makes perfect sense in a Jewish culture filled with joyful expressions of celebration. However, God incarnate singing was something I hadn’t given a lot of thought to. We sing to God. We adore Him with music. We worship Him with musical instruments. But God singing?
In chapter three of Zephaniah, the prophet startles his readers with the revelation that God sings over His people, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) The Message version is even more pointed, “…he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.” Earlier in this chapter, we see God’s people being invited to “Sing…shout aloud…be glad and rejoice with all your heart” (v.14)
In a unique poetic expression this prophetic segment begins with the people of God singing loudly in praise to the Lord and ends with God singing joyfully over His people. Ponder the thought that every expression of worship is a duet rather than a solo. We sing to God and God sings over us. Wow!