Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3 NKJV
The prophet Zephaniah called Israel back to the Lord. They had turned relationship with God into a rigid legalistic religion. They turned away from God in their hearts.
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
Jesus is here today. Jesus is the Mighty One. Jesus will save His people. Jesus rejoices over us with gladness because He loves us!
When we are in distress, fearful, furious, and overwhelmed Jesus can quiet us with His perfect love. Jesus rejoices over us with singing because our love and devotion moves Him. The song Jesus sings over us is a love song. It is a song only Jesus can sing!
Before the prophet Zephaniah spoke these words of God’s love and compassion he called the people to repentance. What were the sins committed by Israel?
Israel worshiped false gods. They gave their hearts to idols. They turned away from God’s call on their lives. They replaced relationship with ritual. Their love for God turned Cold!
The Lord wanted to use Israel to reveal Himself to the nations of the world. God wanted to bless Israel with His love and be blessed by their love for Him!
After God called Israel to repent a book of the law was found. Many still did not repent. God judged them for arrogance. He judged them for not to seeking righteousness. He judged them for refusing to turn from the ways of the nations that surrounded them.
God is calling us to turn back to Him. Some of us to Jesus for the first time. Some of us to repent of legalism and religious tradition. Some of us to our first love. We must humble ourselves. God wants us to uphold justice and seek the righteousness of Christ!
The day of the Lord’s anger is coming. It will come upon the unrepentant and arrogant. It will come upon people who refuse to humble themselves. God’s judgment will come upon people who pervert justice and see themselves as righteous in their own eyes.
If we repent and turn back to Jesus we will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger!
Jesus will save us. He will rejoice over us with gladness. He will quiet us with His love. Jesus will rejoice over us with singing when we stand before Him in eternity!
Seek Jesus. Humble yourself before His Mighty Hand. Give Jesus a reason to rejoice over you with singing today!
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