What Makes God Happy?

27 08 2018

Dry Bones 70Do you know that Yehovah rejoices over you with joy? Do you know that God sings? His love for His people brings Him such joy that He breaks out into songs of joy over us.

Yehovah 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

The Hebrew word, ‘rejoice,’  means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.” So, the latter part of this verse is more accurately translated, “He will dance over you with singing.” Does God dance?

My friend John Kelly sent me the background to the classic Jewish song of rejoicing, Hava Nagila. There is nothing greater than joining with our Creator in joyful music together. That is why Jewish people dance and sing with such energy. The full article is here, but have you every heard the translation of Hava Nagila?

Hava nagila, hava nagila
Let us rejoice, let us rejoice

Hava nagila ve-nismecha
Let us rejoice and be glad

Hava neranena, hava neranena
Let us sing, let us sing

Hava neranena ve-nismecha
Let us sing and be glad

Uru, uru achim
Awake, awake brothers

Uru achim b’lev sameach
Awake brothers with a joyful heart

God promised, that after severe judgement, He would bring them back from “all countries” to the land of Israel. Especially notice the emphasis at the end of this great promise of Yehovah God to Israel. He says He will rejoice in doing good to them… with all His heart and soul. Think of the emotional involvement of God as He restores His beloved people. Yehovah is singing a lot these days. God is faithful!

“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all My heart and all My soul.”  Jeremiah 32:37-41

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists               (Read more)


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27 08 2018
Beth Wing

Thank you for the translation! Remember you used to say that after the passover dinner with Jesus “they all sang a hymn and went out”. We speculated that it was “This is the day”
Maybe it was Hava Nagila !

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