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    “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.”

    Zephaniah 3:17

    The God of the universe is in the middle of your life.  If you affirm the Christian faith, you know that we claim God became man and dwelled with us.  Yet chew on the fact that throughout the history of God’s covenantal relationship with his people, “God with us” is terribly frightening.  God with us makes us quake in our shoes, because God is so unbelievably holy, big, and other.

    But then, something happened to change all of this.

    As Eugene Peterson puts it: God moved into the neighborhood.

    God experienced all that we wrestle with.  He experienced unmet desires, pain, rejection, loneliness, sorrow, and death.  Yet in his grace we are assured how he will rejoice over his children with gladness and will uplift us in much signing.  He sits with us in our pain and glories in our triumphs.

    I, for one, am so glad God moved into the neighborhood.


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