He Spins With Joy

The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. [Ps 97:1 NIV]

I love to dig really deep into a verse sometimes. You can discover real gems that way, and this is one of them. Well, I think so anyway.

I wanted to know what it meant by ‘let the earth be glad’, or in other translations, ‘let the earth rejoice’. So, I looked up the original Hebrew word and meaning. I was delighted to find that the word used here means “to spin around (under the influence of any violent emotion), ie usually rejoice.” [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible]

The earth literally spins around in response to God’s sovereignty! How awesome is that! What we see as a natural process is actually Creation’s response to her Creator. I love it!

Out of curiosity, I went further. What other verses use this word? I wondered. This is what I found:

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. [Zephaniah 3:17 NIV]

I love this. Where it says ‘he will rejoice over you’, it is using the same word as in ‘let the earth rejoice’. God actually spins around, dancing and singing over you–under violent emotion, I might add. Wow, what a powerful image that is.

So much for the traditional thought of God sitting up there on His throne, with a frown on His face, ready to judge you and cast you out of His presence.

Nope. He is dancing and singing like a young man in love–for you!

 

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  1. Amanda, your writings when I read them always inspire me.
    Luke 10:21. Jesus had sent the disciples out and they came back full of excitement . This verse says that Jesus “full of joy in the Holy Spirit” prayed to the Father. Look into the background of the word “joy”. It means something like He jumped up and down for joy. its a bit hard to ignore the emotion expressed by God for us.

    • Thanks Mum, it means a lot. Yes, there are so many scriptures where you just wash over the emotion because the English translation just doesn’t bring it out. I might have to do some more blogging on these kind of things. XXOO


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