The Lord your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory.
He will create calm with his love;
he will rejoice over you with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17
Once Pastor Joe ended a worship service by singing the benediction. In many religious traditions, chanting words, instead of just saying them, is a regular part of worship. Our tradition sings hymns and other kinds of songs; we don’t so much chant. But Pastor Joe chanted a song with words from John’s gospel, chapter 11: “I am the resurrection, and the life. Those who believe in Me will live a new life.”
I enjoyed it. It made me wake up a bit out of my worship routine, and then it was over. Or so I thought. The next morning I woke up with those words in my ear. I didn’t realize what it was until I drank my coffee. Pastor Joe had given me an ear worm! An ear worm! You know, a song that keeps playing in your head long after the song actually stops.
Ear worms could be annoying, I suppose, if they are made of songs you don’t want to keep hearing! But when they are a message I need to hear, then I welcome the reminder.
The image of God that the prophet Zephaniah gives us is of God singing over us, like a mama lullabying over her baby, or a lover crooning a song for his beloved. God sings over us, giving us the song we need to hear, all the time.
Here are some ear worms I need sung in my ear (and maybe you need in yours?) to remind me of what I need to put at the center of my day:
I am loved
I am forgiven
I can forgive
Truth is worth it
Mercy over judgment
Maybe God is singing one of these songs over you now! Hope it crawls its way into your ear and you find yourself repeating it in the morning. . .