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March 11, 2022 7:00 pm
It’s a quiet riverside park on a Saturday afternoon. Joggers pass by, fishing rods whirl, seagulls fight over fish and chip wrappers, and my wife and I sit watching the couple. They are dark-skinned, maybe in their late 40s. She sits gazing into his eyes while he, without a hint of self-consciousness, sings to her a love song in his own tongue, carried on the breeze for us all to hear.
This delightful act got me thinking about the book of Zephaniah. At first you might wonder why. In Zephaniah’s day God’s people had become corrupt by bowing to false gods (1:4–5), and Israel’s prophets and priests were now arrogant and profane (3:4). For much of the book, Zephaniah declares God’s coming judgment on not just Israel, but all the nations of the earth (3:8).
Yet Zephaniah foresees something else. Out of that dark day will emerge a people who wholeheartedly love God (vv. 9–13). To these people God will be like a bridegroom who delights in His beloved: “In his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (v. 17)
Creator, Father, Warrior, Judge. Scripture uses many titles for God. But how many of us see God as a Singer with a love song for us on His lips?
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I fishing rods will Siegel's flight of a fishing trip wrappers. My wife and I sit watching the couple. They may be in their late 40s speaking a language unknown to us. She sits gazing into his eyes while he without a hint of self-consciousness sings to her love song in his own tongue carried on the breeze for soul to hear this delightful act got me thinking about the book of Zephaniah.
At first you might wonder why in Zephaniah's day, God's people had become corrupt by bowing to false gods and Israel's prophets and priests were now arrogant and profane for much of the book. Zephaniah declares God's coming judgment on not just Israel but all the nations of the earth. Yet Zephaniah foresees something else out of that dock day will emerge of people who wholeheartedly love God, to these people, God will be like a bridegroom who delights in his beloved in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing pieces Zephaniah chapter 3 creator father warrior judge.
Scripture uses many titles for God. But how many of us see God as a singer with a love some force on his lips. Today's Scripture reading is from Zephaniah chapter 3.
This is 9 to 17 then I will purify the lips of the People's that all of them may: the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder from beyond the rivers of Cush. My worship is my scattered people will bring me offerings on the day you Jerusalem will not be put to shame. For all the wrongs you have done to me because I will remove from you your arrogant posters. Never again will you be horsey on my holy hill. But I will leave within you the meek and humble, the remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord they will do no wrong. They will tell no lies a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths, they will eat and lie down, and no one will make them afraid singing daughter Zion shout aloud Israel be glad and rejoice with all your heart daughter Jerusalem, the Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back. Your enemy the Lord the King of Israel is with you never again will you fear any harm on that day, they will say to Jerusalem do not see a Zion, do not let your hands hang limp the Lord your God is with you, the mighty warrior. He saves he will take great delight in you and his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Let's pray together. Lord, you are indeed our creator father, warrior and judge, and today we also praise you for being the great singer with a love song on his lips for us today we lean in and we delight in your singing over us. We love you and we pray this in Jesus name man. Thanks for listening. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries