How does your heart beat when you look at us… How does your heart beat when think of us… how does your heart beat when you see the world you made and the faces you gave from Your own breath of life and dazzling light… we are beautiful because of You. Created to be known by You.
He’s always loved you…
When God created the universe and all its beauty, He had in mind the desires of His heart longing to unfurl. Light invading every space… creation sustaining life ablaze. Birds of every color.
Foliage of every pattern.
Moving, breathing organisms fashioning the ecosystem speaking of His all-surpassing power as Life-giver. But He always had the plan… of unfolding His most brilliant artistry.
You and I.
I can see the breath of the Almighty travelling from His mouth of perfection to His hands of creation, the dust beneath was only an ingredient to the heralding of His heart’s treasure.
God has a treasure…
Did you know that?
It’s you… it’s always been you. It always will be.
Operating in your veins aflame there is a pulse He gave and He knows the pace of when it hastens and when it slows. What moves your heart and calms your soul.
You move His…
Did you know that?
You possess the power of moving the heart of God… with your love. ❤️
We too, were made from this blueprint by design. Birthed into being in the exact image of the God with a heart and soul interwoven with emotions, thoughts, ideas, desires, feelings. God is a God who has a desire to love and be loved by us. To know us and be known by us. To connect and interact, being one with Him. We are the adoration of His heart.
In His heart, a love occupies that residence.
It was man.
It was woman.
And God said that it was good.
I love when you say it’s good, Lord. Your definition of good permeates the hollow space of a world that doesn’t know You. His embodiment of good is the standard. And it won’t align with what you find in the world you reside in. You have to seek Him… and be brave enough to follow Him.
The heart of God comes alive when He sees His Bride… the church. His people. He beloved ones whom He made. Love. Friendship. Joy. Delight. Enjoyment. And we experience these indwelling ingredients in our own hearts as well, when we interact with one another.
Adam said in Genesis 2:23, “The breath of my breath. The bone of my bone!” at the newly glimpsed formation of beauty astounding.
The heart of man stirred by a whirlwind. Enchanted by a companion.
By a woman.
Never underestimate the power of a woman to move the heart of a man.
Never underestimate the power of a queen to move the heart of a king.
When God made you His… you became a king. You became a queen. And He design is for you to complement one another, strengthening one another for their benefit. So that you enjoy a mutually satisfying union that reflects the mutually satisfying union of Jesus Christ and His bride, every flaming with passion and adoration for another.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
Men and women are meant to be one flesh in marriage. Because God wanted that! Notice it says “one flesh,” not one spirit. This does not mean you will not connect in your spirit for you will indeed because of your spiritual lives anchored in Jesus. And that is precisely the foundation here. God is the first connection.
Become one spirit with God, then you can fully be one flesh with your spouse.
Paul says, “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” in 1 Corinthians 6:17. In this passage, it also speaks of the flesh union of sexual immorality to highlight the description of what happens in your body with human relationships… when your body is one with another person, it is a flesh union. Like it is in marriage. But with a union with God, it is a spirit union, and you need that to be turn on first before you can have healthy flesh union. Marriage is healthy flesh union by God’s design.
I’m reminded of Ezekiel when it comes to the flesh as described in godly terms.
God says in Ezekiel 36:26, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” We want the flesh heart that comes from God, not our own. There is a reborn heart that accompanies a reborn life, and a reborn flesh correlatingly.
Your flesh cannot exist in a redeemed way until your spirit has been regenerated by God in a personal relationship with Him. We need God first, then we can be fully complete in order to host a relationship.
Adam was created before Eve was made.
He was given responsibility as well. Work and jobs to do. To grow and become a man on his own first. Before God made Eve for him.
Why is this I wondered?
God said… he needed Me first.
Adam needed to have a solidifed, anchored relationship with God before he could ever be ready to form a healthy relationship with a woman.
Men, you need to have a solid relationship with God as your foundation before you can enjoy a fulfilling relationship with a godly woman.
Marriage is not about the other completing us. It’s about the gift to love as an already complete being, by God’s own doing, blessing the other as a reflection of God’s loving us in relationship.
Marriage echoes God’s heart of sacrificial love.
Marriage is a catalyst of spiritual growth and maturity in the life of a believer, learning how to lay down their lives for the other and develop of communal existence of considering another more valuable than themselves. God Himself is in covenant relationship with the trinity. And with us. Marriage highlights this sentiment.
Godly femininity is meant for godly masculinity.
God only gives His treasures to men who have first established Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives and shown they can be trusted to lead as the man.
And when God gives this treasure to a man… He increases in his strength to lead and be a king for the Lord. Because she is God’s resource. Given by Him to be a blessing to her man.
A queen is a gift from the Lord.
She empowers her man.
She strengthens her man.
She is present for her man to confide in.
And she invokes his potential to soar so he can become all he was created to be.
She blesses the entire family.
“Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.”
In 1 Kings chapter 1, we see how the power of a queen moves the heart of a king.
Footsteps carol in the halls of the palace. On a mission you can tell by the sound of it. The steps softly gliding then growing louder… and louder… leading up to the entryway of the King’s chamber. Knock knock knock! the door rattles. And opens. When the queen’s face shines on the face of her king.
“And as for you, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, that you should tell them who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.”
1 Kings 1:20
Arise my love, you’re still the king! Her voices echoes. Marble walls and pillars of ivory surrounding the one whose pillar of kingship is still standing if he would see it…
You’re still the king.
It’s 1 Kings chapter 1 and at this moment in time, David has retreated into an abyss. The coping mechanism of despair and exhaustion in the wake of family turmoil and leadership fatigue. He’s slowly slipping away… sinking deeper… wanting to run farther and farther away from the mantle He’s reigned in for decades now. Only few can know the heavey burdens of a king. And only one can intervene. God…
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1
Why did David retreat into despair and almost allow for the kingdom to be overtaken by Adonijah?
God said… he stopped believing he was king.
When a man doesn’t feel like he is king, he stops feeling his purpose and meaning. Ladies… never stop making your man feel like a king!
Now God uses a woman, his wife Bathsheba, to wake him from his sleep. To reinforce and reignite His identity.
So often, God will use the power of a woman to breathe life back into the king.
bursting through the doors
you say, you’re still the king
we’re waiting for
you’re still the king
we’re wanting more
and all of Israel needs the reward
of your voice
they need to know you’re for them
arise and move forward
you call out the discord
in my heart
I can’t afford
to ignore anymore
confronted the death in me
to bring out the king in me
I love you
for always reviving me
like you do
forever be my queen
like you do
The dust of the pillows now shaking off the frame where David laid not to come awake and now he’s alive. Again. Curtains open and the light outside the window greets his face like the day he danced in the streets before the Lord. Jubilance sprung forth because of victory won and here a victory has been won. Again. It’s time to reign again.
Bathsheba calls David to action.
To prepare the throne. Claim its inheritance and seal its future for the son given to them. The heir promised to reign after the days of David. Solomon.
“Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 And the king took an oath and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, 30 just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day.”
31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid homage to the king, and said, “Let my lord King David live forever!”
1 Kings 1:28-31
In this moment, Solomon’s destiny as king was attempted to be usurped by Adonijah although it had already been declared that Solomon would rule a the next king.
“So Bathsheba went into the chamber to the king. (Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.) 16 And Bathsheba bowed and did homage to the king. Then the king said, “What is your wish?”
17 Then she said to him, “My lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’ 18 So now, look! Adonijah has become king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know about it.”
1 Kings 1:17-18
David was unaware of the pitfall soon to befall the kingdom if had not been for the courage of a woman who saw through the delusion.
God uses His women to rally kings back to their rightful place.
Bathsheba reawakens David’s heart as king.
Bathsheba also establishes her son, Solomon, as king.
In all of the Bible, Solomon is spoken of as the wisest man who ever lived. Even as a young boy assuming the throne, his one desire was that he would lead his people with courage and wisdom. What a request from a child… such maturity and purity.
It speaks of his family’s influence.
Not just David, who we know had an incredible relationship with God and undoubtedly left a mark of godliness on Solomon. But Bathsheba’s influence.
In this season as mentioned earlier, David was not as strong of an influence as he once was because of his internal struggles and Solomon was mainly in the care of his mother, Bathsheba. There was something she left with Solomon that carried him into maturity of heart and mind far sooner than most other children his age.
A mother’s heart rubs off on her children.
Never underestimate the power of a queen to move the heart of a king.
Ladies who are moms, lead your sons well.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28
Teach them to be kings.
Kings and priests unto their God, seeking His face in intimacy and virtue.
Your children will be thankful for your investment in their character.
Model to your sons what it looks like to love Jesus with all of your heart. They are watching you… and they will pick up on what you say and who you are just as much as they will from their fathers.
Sons needs a mother’s love.
They need a mother’s nourishment and affection, knowing they are taken care of and loved in a way only a mom can do.
Don’t forget your influence as a mom matters. Be a refuge for them and a safe haven where they can talk. Give spiritual guidance. Your wisdom will increase the more you go to God for your direction and understanding, not leaning on your own but trusting the Lord to lead you by His Word. Then your sons will learn to do the same.
Lead alongside your husbands so that your sons and daughters will see a healthy picture of marriage that they can mirror in years ahead.
Bathsheba’s God-fearing, wise and astute nobility grounded Solomon early as a child with the foundation of goodness and virtue.
I’m reminded of her late husband, Uriah.
Both Uriah and Bathsheba were a true queen and king of heart in the land of Israel as a married couple.
Uriah’s integrity outshined even that of David at times as a man of valor and godliness.
We see Uriah’s integrity play out right in the middle of David’s infidelity which we will dive into more below. Uriah was willing to deny himself pleasure even when David was not. Uriah was a man of godly living and thus he attracted a wife like this as well. “And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 2 Samuel 11:11
Bathsheba won Uriah’s heart before David ever met her. And for a man of Uriah’s distinction and integrity to notice her, it speaks of her purity. A man of his caliber would only be drawn to a godly woman and not marry a woman any less than respectable. And Bathsheba adorned him like diamonds.
Your substance attracts that substance.
Who you are will naturally attract a person of that essence. And repel anyone who is opposed to that godly essence. Godliness attracts godliness. Spiritual depth attracts spiritual depth.
Uriah and Bathsheba sought the Lord and they lived with a standard of righteousness. David knew it. He lived and fought next to Uriah. And he likely was well accustomed to knowing who Bathsheba was before he saw her bathing on the rooftop.
Never underestimate the power of a queen to move the heart of a king.
David noticed Bathsheba not because she was bathing. But because she was a queen. A queen of spirit. Of heart. Of power. Of nobility. And so she had a rare power to move his heart, and she didn’t realize it at first.
A true king doesn’t get moved easily.
A true king will not be moved by just any woman.
Only a true queen has the power to impact a king in a way that transcends his spirit and moves his heart. It’s just a natural byproduct of who she is. A queen was made by God to be a blessing.
When I think about King David described in the Bible I also think of godliness because of His heart poured out before the Lord in the psalms. His virtue. His desire for closeness with the Lord. Bravery. Anointing. So for a man of his caliber to stumble in such an enormous way meant there must have been something in Bathsheba that no other woman before had.
David never fell in love with any woman in the Bible… Not until he met Bathsheba. David was a very godly and passionate man in his love for the Lord. And he never found that with another woman. Even one wife, Michal, in particular shamed him for his dancing before the Lord coming in from battle victory in 2 Samuel 6:16. It’s no wonder David was not smitten with her. How could a man madly love with God be madly in love with a woman who disdained worship of God?
The only time we see David described as loving anyone is with his friend Jonathan who was a true brother to him in spirit and loving God. The next one he is described as loving deeply is Bathsheba.
David loved God intimately. And so he could only love a woman who also loved God intimately.
Godly femininity is attractive to godly masculinity.
We were created from this very blueprint by design.
Flesh of my flesh. Bone of my bone! Adam said beholding his bride meant to be his side. Literally one with him. From his own body.
Sometimes godly men can feel a sense of shame and guilt when attracted to a woman other than their spouse, wanting to be a man of integrity. And this only reinforces the virtue that they are exactly that… integrous in every way. Women may also feel the same sentiment. But what if we decided not to let our attraction get in the way of our interactions. What if we can appreciate the beauty in the godly femininity and godly masculinity in our surroundings without sexualizing them. But seeing them as our fellow diamonds showcasing God’s beauty.
It’s okay to acknowledge you find another human being attractive. If you didn’t, I think there would be an element of disconnect with yourself and a denial of the real emotions surfacing.
It’s also possible to be attracted and not be lustful.
To admire another’s beauty and let it be another spectacular indicator of God’s beauty.
To appreciate what God created just as God appreciates what He created. God wanted us to be beautiful and appealing to one another because He Himself is beautiful and appealing, We are made in His image, so it is only natural that image-bearers of the Almighty God would glow with a radiance you cannot ignore.
We can see each other as fellow eternal beings, brilliant and beautiful in His sight, and also in another’s sight.
When you look at your fellow man or woman with the eyes of God’s love for them, you can see them as His son or daughter and it changes the way you view your relationship with them. So that it’s not based in animalistic attraction, but in a spiritual admiration of their whole person. Because you know you are in the same kingdom as them. God’s Kingdom. Fellow co-heirs with the Lord.
It’s when we let attraction turn into a quest for gratification that we make them into something for our own benefit, and that usually morphs into emotional and/or sexual compromise.
This is what happened with David when he saw Bathsheba bathing.
David could have glimpsed Bathsheba and thought wow, now that is a beautiful gem of a woman. God You are amazing for creating with such radiance… and then took some time to remember who Bathsheba was. Uriah’s wife. Which he did. And he knew. But this is where the situation morphed into compromise.
Something in David’s heart was not developed when it came to his handling of attraction with women like Bathsheba.
David was a stellar man of integrity when Michal was around.
David was a man after God’s own heart when other wives waited on him.
Because he was not attracted to any woman the way he was for Bathsheba.
Thus, he had never learned how to manage such a heartthrobbing sensation if you will of how to deny himself when such a captivating woman came along.
Bathsheba was David’s 1st real love.
We see this in the Bible.
And we know it by the fact it’s her son who inherits the throne.
Never underestimate the power of a woman to move the heart of a man.
Only Bathsheba could move David’s heart.
We see this in a correlating manner in 1 Kings 1 also which is rather fascinating, when the staff of the king tries to find a young woman to bring to David to lift his spirits. But it says, “The young woman was very lovely; and she cared for the king, and served him; but the king did not know her.” 1 Kings 1:4
This phrase “did not know her” literally means he did not have sex with her. He was not attracted to her. Even though she was very beautiful. But what we learn about David is that he doesn’t get attracted to just anyone. Only to pure godly beauty will David be moved for. Only a queen can move David’s heart. Only a queen can move the heart of a king.
Bathsheba moved David’s heart from day one.
And she had no idea. It was never Bathsheba’s desire to be queen or marry David. She had a husband, Uriah, and she loved him. Uriah loved her and they were both godly. And this is why David noticed her… it was her godly femininity. Her purity and love for the Lord. Her beauty that transcended just the physicality. She was beautiful, but she was also integrous.
It was Bathsheba’s whole person that captivated David.
Bathsheba won David’s heart because she was godly and beautiful, more than any other woman he had met.
He was like her. He loved the Lord and sought the Lord and so did she.
What you find the more you traverse upward into your spiritual life with God is that attraction heightens in the standards by which it can form. The boiling point increases. Making it harder to find someone who you are truly attracted to because your heart has journey into deep territory with the Lord and there aren’t many others lingering there with you. And when you find someone who is, it’s like a rare pearl that you cannot miss and you don’t want to lose. I myself have journeyed through this peril and yet fascinating bliss of attraction that happens at this level. Where you meet someone who is truly remarkable in their godliness and beauty. But yet, God has His plans and God says what can co-exist and what cannot. And I have to yield to that.
David knew that he could not co-exist with Bathsheba because she was already married. That was clear. But again, this was new territory for David… and being unable to close off his ethereal attraction to her and simply admire her as Uriah’s wife, he made her his own.
David gives into the forces of attraction and breaks the laws of devotion to God.
It’s interesting that of all the woman David encountered and of all the deep moments with the Lord, this was the one he was willing to break God’s word for.
I notice one compelling insight this time around in the story of David and Bathsheba. David did not compromise with just any woman. She was a woman worthy of pursuit. Worthy of queenship. Exuding godly femininity. And in her own being taken advantage of, she still exudes strength and duty to the call she now has as queen and uses her role to inspire David onward. She is not a complacent woman nor a harlot woman. She never was. She would have stayed married to Uriah if it were not for David’s impulse.
Bathsheba is a fierce, godly warrior of what it means to seek the Lord even when wronged. Finding a way to serve the Lord in that capacity and love the man now entrusted to her. Not making excuses. But rather, calling David to now break away from his own excuses and reassert his confidence as king.
Bathsheba kept the royal throne intact.
If not for her, Adonijah would have usurped the throne from David and Solomon.
But she steps in and rouses the king to action. Lighting a fire in him that the younger woman given in verse 4 just for his sexual pleasure could never give. David did not need sexual pleasure. He wanted oneness of spirit. He did all along. I don’t think that he chose Bathsheba out of sheer lust. That was never David’s character throughout the whole Bible. I think he chose Bathsheba because she was a spirit-filled woman who was literally like David’s own spirit-filled person. Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. They were both godly and integrous. And she happened to be amazingly beautiful. And so David fell for her…
A true king will not be tempted with ungodly women.
Only godly women.
And this is where David found himself when he crossed the boundary lines with Bathsheba.
Even the purest of hearts are susceptible to temptation in the realm of love and intimacy. I don’t think David had ever experienced this kind of attraction before and so he didn’t know how to say no. And he didn’t want to. Because she was captivating to him in a way he didn’t knew existed. He had to learn how to develop this part of his character.
The silver lining is that I see David differently now. I’ve always wondered why he would be called “a man after God’s own heart” when his affair is clear. But what I see now, is that when he chased after Bathsheba, he was really chasing after the godliness in her. He was chasing after the real existence of a godly woman. Whom he had never met before. And as wrong as it still is, it reminds me just how powerful godly virtue is as a wooing agent when it comes to attraction.
When your soul is connected to God, you will be attracted to others who are connected to God.
And it’s important to learn how to let that attraction shift into appreciation and selfless love, so that you don’t look to take like David did. But can rather deny yourself and be blessed by friendship and kingdom connection as family.
I’m thankful for the glimmers of God I see in other people.
I admire the godly masculinity I see in noble men.
I appreciate the opportunity to see that it does exist. And I want that to only point me back to the Lord and elevate how I see Him, knowing that if a man God created is that amazing and inspiring, how much more is God Himself beautiful to behold.
Let the people around you reminds you of God’s beauty. Then you won’t be lustful in your reactions, but you will be at peace and in a heavenly high of wonder. As if you are already in Heaven and surrounded by the angels who all glow with the beauty of the Lord.
Bathsheba was like an angel to David… be an angel to someone else.
Who points them back to God. Who shows them what God’s beauty feels like, sounds like, moves like, looks like. It’s in your soul, sweet friends. Emanating out from you every so delicately and strongly.
Women, you have the great privelege and honor of moving the heart of a man. And you can only do so if you have Jesus’ heart in you. His power. His love. His Spirit. It’s by the Holy Spirit that you uplift your man. Don’t waste that opportunity! Your husband needs you to be the champion of his life here in the earth God created you to be His companion.
Women, your impact as a queen is directly connected your ability to empower your king.
Be his constant affirmer and uplifter of his spirit.
Let him know he is your king and your only love…
If you are one flesh with him, then that means that your wellbeing is tied to his… always ensure that he has what he needs spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally. He wants to know you believe in him and that you are smitten with him. That you respect him for the man that he is and are grateful for what he sacrifices for you. That he can talk to you about his real emotions and you will understand and be a safe place for him to confide in. Your sex life is important and your man wants to know that He still turns you on… be confident in your beauty. Your man loves you more than you know… and you don’t ever have to question that. Don’t withhold affection from him nor see your body as if it only belongs to you. He deserves to receive what his body needs just as you deserve to receive what you need.
Jesus Himself speaks of needing our love and how it pains him when we forsake him and deplete him of love, running to other lovers but Him. God says that “losing your first love” in Revelation 2 is a deeply painful ailment of His heart.
He literally says… “I hold this against you” in verse 4.
God gets angry when we deny him love. And rightfully so. He is a real God with real emotions. But He is also so tender and merciful and ready to receive you when come back to him. He wants to be loved… He really does… And I like that He does…
Your love means something.
Never underestimate the power you hold to move the heart of God.
His antidote is to “do the things you once did.” Ignite the passion again and don’t every let a gap widen in your intimacy… Always lean towards selflessness. If you would treat your man like a king I guarantee you he will make you feel like a queen.
The reason why my intimacy with Jesus is so deep now and intense is because I’ve been in a very close relationship with Him now for over 20 years. And no one has gotten in the way enough to obstruct me of that house we keep building. I love God and I feel I was born to be His lover. Because I always have loved Him… and I don’t know how I could not love Him. The more I move God’s heart, the more He moves mine. It was Him from the start. But over time, I have experienced the deep and satisfying benefits of getting to love God in return… he loves it when we love Him.
God loves it when you love Him. ❤️
God loves it when you talk to Him. When you take time to be with Him. To understand Him. To ask Him anything and everything. To walk with Him and do life with Him. To have Him on your mind. God loves it when you want Him. He wants to be wanted. He wants to know you love Him and that you see His worth… that you value Him as your King.
Ladies, your man wants that too.
Delight in the Lord and you will be a blessing to your spouse.
Go to God to get the endless replenishment you need first so you can pour on your spouse in endless measure.
Flash forward to after David’s transgression and we see redemption for him in 2 Samuel 12.
The first child of David and Bathsheba was taken away but God gives again. And it is in this moment of David loving Bathsheba that God carries on his throne.
Bathsheba moved David’s heart and now he gives back and moves hers.
“Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and made love to her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the LORD loved him.”
2 Samuel 12:24
This is so powerful… the only verse in the whole Bible about David making love to a woman in true godly love… is the very encounter where Solomon was conceived. And Solomon was the greatest king who ever lived.
You create future kings when you love your spouse with godly affection.
David loves his wife endlessly and God blesses them and the whole nation with a gift. An heir which they desired all along. God always gives back.
Men, loves your wives passionately and watch what God will do for you too. ❤️
Bathsheba kept moving David’s heart from that point on and she ensures that the throne of her family is saved from the wreckage of another trying to usurp his throne.
When the queen shows up, God has His way.
When the queen shows up, God imparts His glory all around.
Solomon inherits the throne.
And he would move a nation’s heart.
All because a queen wouldn’t stop fighting for her kings.
Ladies… be your king’s strength by the strength you first receive from God. Fight for your family. See that their God’s destiny for them is carried out.
Honor your King, Jesus Christ, and you will learn how to honor your man as a king. Never underestimate the power of a queen to move the heart of a king. You move Him. ❤️And kings… thank you for how you show us captivating glimmers of God.
move My heart
and I’m captivated
move my heart
and I’m here waiting
at Heaven’s doors
where infinity rewards me
with more of you
and I want more of You
hold me in Your embrace
where daylight never fades away
forever I’ll keep moving You with my love
you’re still the king
You’re still the King
“And as a groom rejoices over his bride
so your God will rejoice over you.”