Today’s Reading: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 (additional reading: Psalm 138:1-8 & Proverbs 30:11-14)
One of the greatest challenges each of us faces in life is becoming comfortable in our own skin. In fact, insecurity is a big problem throughout our culture. This may stem from childhood experiences, mobility, and even the harsh and critical spirit in our culture – just watch how people talk to one another on some of the news shows.
Facing insecurity is so important because a person who is secure with himself or herself is much more likely to achieve more loving and meaningful relationships. Feelings of insecurity make it more difficult for us to show love and to be loved. So we’ve got to come to terms with our insecurity if we want to enjoy the love God created us to enjoy.
Because this insecurities which make us give a false image to everyone around us and also hinders the way we experience God in our lives because we don’t understand the real picture. One guy told this story – Stopped for a routine seatbelt check, my wife and I were asked by the officer if we had our belts on. Then he shone his flashlight into the backseat and asked our six-year-old son Riley, “can you put your hands up, buddy?” As we continued our way, my wife noticed Riley was upset. “What’s wrong?” she asked him. “I thought he was going to SHOOT ME!” (Readers’ Digest, Feb.2005, p.71)
I seems that’s how some think when it comes to worship and praise of God. They think if God shows up, He is going to shoot them or something worse. When and if God shows up, God’s gonna be like a policeman citing all the offenses they have committed. They will be left unglued, totally blown away with shame, disgust. It seems some people get upset at church, or feel like they have to put on a show looking so dead serious, just to see who is more dead serious or spiritual. Ever seen people get really uptight or upset, like 6 year old Riley, especially when told to put their hands up to worship or sing or read the words of God.
But Zephaniah gives us a beautiful image of how God sees us: The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph.3:17