March 9, 2021
by: Susan Lovelady

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”   Zephaniah 3:17

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard these days to de-clutter my thoughts and everything around me and find “quiet.”  It really becomes a proactive choice to carve out time in your day dismissing all noise, electronic distractions, emails, and find time to just “be,” a place absent of any fears, to be still, …to be quiet.   “He will quiet you with His love”.  What a beautiful place that would be, quieted by God’s love.  This verse was sent to me a few days ago via a group text and is so encouraging.  As a friend commented in response, “there is so much stress in the world now… we need to lean on Him and let His love envelop us!”
  
Letting God’s love envelop us.  The magnitude and power of such a thought is almost hard to grasp at times.  Because when we are, when we are truly quieted with this Love, we are then in His midst in the presence of The Mighty One.  There is a quote from William Blake in the book; “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster that I just love.  He speaks to one of our tasks in life, which is to learn to “bear God’s Beams of Love” and how often we create these beam–proof shelters to avoid our Eternal Lover.  Where the invitation to be in conversation with God, where “He” desires “our” fellowship, “is a compliment almost too much to bear”. The clutter and distractions around us are an easy excuse to delay this request. This invitation to be enveloped in these “Beams of Love.”

 So we practice, and continually try to learn this task.  This discipline that brings us to a place where we can be quieted with His Love, and put aside all of the worldly distractions, and be immersed in the One who ”rejoices over you…”.    
 
When you have a moment, I invite you to listen to Psalm 42 by Tori Kelly (a beautiful song that speaks to this quiet place). 

Psalm 42- Tori Kelly