Hollywood has made billions of dollars off of good love stories. They’ve learned the way to our pockets is through our emotions. Journalists also have discovered that we love pouring over every detail of someone else’s engagement and gorgeous wedding. Love captures us like no other emotion or feeling, but with love comes the potential for betrayal. Deep joy can cause gut-wrenching pain.
In these verses we read of God’s faithful love; we listen as He calls His people to singing and dancing. But previously we are confronted with God’s disappointment in His people. He exclaimed, “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (2:13). Israel abandoned and betrayed God (3:20). Recognizing the pain of such abandonment makes chapter 31 demonstrate God’s faithfulness all the more richly.
God reminded His people that He had loved them with an everlasting love—despite their betrayal. So He called them to sing, shout, proclaim, praise, and say the greatness of His love. The greatest love story of all has been written by God, and His faithfulness is without end.
In what specific ways are you proclaiming God’s faithfulness?