Season after Pentecost, 2023
How often do we read from Zephaniah? And how often do we think about God singing?
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV, emphasis added)
In Hebrew, the line "he will renew you" literally means "he will be silent."
Then, as an opposite to God's silent love, or perhaps growing out of it comes this incredible Singing of God.
This brings to mind something I read in Hans Davidsson's dissertation on Matthias Weckmann involving the organ of God. If I remember correctly, God was a 128' stop: a creative and fundamental force. Literally, this 128' stop served as the foundation for the creation of the world (i.e., the rest of the organ).
Like the power of this extremely deep, rumbly stop, it was the power of God's spoken word that brought the earth into existence. What manner of creativity and Joy would be brought about by God's sung word?
Answer: We read from Zephaniah (3:14-17) at the Easter Vigil and Advent 3C. Gaudete indeed!
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