Thursday, March 10, 2011

Celebrate - with Zephaniah 3:17


Earlier this year, I wrote a post about my word for 2011 - Celebrate!  And I have been "emerging", practicing thankfulness, looking for ways to enjoy each day...with the wings of that word tapping my   mind ever so gently...

Now the sweet challenge of Zephaniah 3:17 has me moving deeper into what He wants to impart to me through this word...this year...

Here is the verse as found in the New American Standard Bible:  "The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."

Definitions are important...and here is what the butterfly wings have been dancing to the fore front of my brain...the connection to "rejoicing" found in the first definition of the word:

Celebrate:

1. To observe (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing.

Celebrate emphasizes observance in the form of rejoicing or festivity: a surprise party to celebrate her birthday.

Zephaniah 3:17 is a picture of our Lord celebrating...I picture Jesus, with his full robes flying in all directions, as this personal expression of His rejoicing - celebrating! - over me formed...

My Zephaniah 3:17

Yahweh, the breath of all Life, the breath of MY life,
the self-existent, three-in-one who gives life to my spirit
and dwells in my inmost being...
He is a victorious warrior -
Mighty in His ability and desire to save,
to avenge,
to defend,
to deliver,
to help,
to preserve,
to rescue,
ME!

Enforcing HIS Victory...
beginning in the center of my being
invading my emotions, my thoughts, my will,

and flowing out into my everyday life!
  He will leap up, spring forth
in gaity and laughter, pleasure, joy and gladness

because of me,
on behalf of me,
together with me,
in spite of me
(yes, it really says that and most times this is true!)
He will be quiet in His love,
He will spin, and dance, and twirl
over me, with me,
around me, towards me,
beside me...
and with joyful shouts
upon
joyful shouts
upon
joyful shouts
of joy!

Joining with Emily and other imperfects at Imperfect Prose, Word Women Wednesday at the House of Belonging

12 comments:

peggy aplSEEDS said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you grateful spirit shows through this wonderful post!

Robyn Q said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love your words! You bring so much out of this verse. It makes me breath this truth in. Blessings! RQ

Brian Miller said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ah a beuatiful scripture and a great comfort today...

Carrie Burtt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a wonderful post....and a wonderful scripture...thank you for reminding me of what matters! :-)

Crimson Heart Studios said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Cindy, Love your joyous post. I've tried to find your email address, but can't. I need to remind you at this point,that I'm a much better artist than I am a computer tech. Here's my email crimsonheartstudios@verizon.net. Thank you for you generous offer for a piece of your art. I love the I PRAY one the best. After I hear from you, I'll email you back my address. Thanks,Cindy

misty said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is my life verse! Love it, it was helpful during my Dad's death

Kati patrianoceu said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The idea of God's love for us taking the form of a celebration is pretty electrifying, huh?!

emily wierenga said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love this verse. my brother, sister and i sang it over our other sister at her wedding in december. the idea, that the maker of the universe could be so in love with us... thank you for this beautiful post.

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beautiful, what a blessing

Cha Cha

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Cindy,
It fills my heart with joy and amazement to know that the Lord of the universe rejoices over me with dancing. I will go to sleep tonight with the image of Him celebrating me.
Awesome!

Blessings,
Janis

Joybird said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, Cindy, you've done it again. I'm just sitting here in a pool of need met. I think I need to print this one out and read it over again and again. Right now I need to cling to that image, Him as a victorious warrior celebrating over me.

Tiffini said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

beautiful..beautiful! I love this verse and I too, love definitions:)
I also love your quote at the top right of your blog...I am so happy you shared with us...xoxo