The little Old Testament book Zephaniah (three chapters) has been described as God showing his “grace in the Lord’s exultant singing over his [uncooperative] yet beloved people.”
In the final verses the prophet tells God’s people to rejoice and sing aloud with all their hearts (more robot worship coming this Sunday!) because “the Lord has taken away the judgments against you.” That’s certainly what God has done for us in the gospel of His Son — He has taken away the judgments against us. “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies!” (Romans 8:33)
It is in this great love that God has shown us in Christ that we can find every reason to move forward and express God’s love toward us to others around us. In other words, we can find every motivation to love others because of God’s love for us. So, let me motivate you with God's love for you.
Look at these few verses from Zephaniah:
let not your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah begins his summary by telling God’s people to “let not your hands grow weak.” Do you feel weak and defeated? Is something troubling you? Someone? Don’t let your hands grow weak. Remind yourself of God’s love for you. “The Lord your God is in your midst.” He is with you and He’s standing right in the center of Sunday’s worship gathering. I hope you come Sunday with that expectation!
And because He is in the very center of the lives of His people He is “a mighty one who will save.” He will save you from yourself. He will save you from fear and depression and whatever else it is you need to be saved from. He’s either mighty to save or we might as well just hang it up. What do you need to be saved from? Because He’s mighty to save!
Do you have some doubts about God? Do you believe He’s loving, but maybe not so much loving toward you? The truth is “He will rejoice over you with gladness.” He’s glad your His child. Do you think that way about God? Do you think He’s glad about you? That you make God happy? That you make Him so glad that He rejoices over you? That’s an incredible thought. That thought should bring a sense of peace and calm to your soul. “He will quiet you by his love.” That’s a love we can find security and peace in. But it doesn’t end there.
“He will exult over you with singing.” Imagine this scenario. As we gather to worship God and sing and rejoice with all our hearts, as we’re singing to God — He’s singing over us! He’s rejoicing over us in the very midst of us.
Let’s recap. He’s in the very midst of your life. He is there willing to deliver you. He is happy that you’re His. He wants to quiet your soul. He rejoices over you with singing. That means, you should feel loved enough to love someone else today.
It also means you should come Sunday prepared to worship!
“He will exult over you with singing.”
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