“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Today’s text is a beautiful prophecy about Christ. The context is clearly salvation: “He will save.” “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee” describes the incarnation of Christ. The word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). This is beautiful, but there is more.
Zephaniah says that God will ‘rest in His love’. This means He will be satisfied. The demands of justice will be met in Christ on man’s behalf. Isaiah puts it this way: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11).
This was fulfilled when Christ hung on the cross for us. Some scholars consider a better rendition of today’s text to be, “he will be silent because of his love” This is to simply imply that once the price had been paid for the sins of mankind, God will no longer count their sins against them.
Now, God rejoices over the man in Christ with singing. He finds no fault in him. He will only see him through the lenses of what Christ has done.