God rejoices over you with singing!
Scripture reading for September 24th: Zephaniah 1-3
“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.“ Zephaniah 3:17
Zephaniah was a prophet around 630 B.C. during the reign of Josiah, a good king of Israel. He spoke some pretty strong words to the nation of Judah concerning the coming day of the Lord. Through Zephaniah, God warned that He would sweep everything from the face of the earth. (Zephaniah 1:2-3) That sounds like a very thorough cleaning similar to the great flood of Noah’s day!
Judah was warned that God’s hand was against those who were idolaters. Those who claimed to be Abraham’s descendants were worshiping Baal, the Canaanite fertility god. Even some of the priests of God’s house were involved. They were worshiping Molech and using astrology. (Zephaniah 1:4-5) Astrology is popular today in America. Almost every newspaper has a horoscope and many read it daily. Many follow the example of Judah in Zephaniah’s day, and turn away from following God. They are complacent or have followed gods of convenience and pleasure. (Zephaniah 1:12)
Zephaniah cried out to the people that their appointed time was coming as a day of wrath and destruction. Trouble, clouds, darkness and death were on the horizon. Their money could not save them on this day of wrath that would come at the appointed time. (Zephaniah 1:17-18)
The only remedy was to seek the Lord with humble hearts and those who responded would be sheltered by the Lord. An appetite for God must come from a heart that is humble. (Zephaniah 2:2-3) Idolatry is making a god that gives me what I want, instead of serving the God who made me to do what He wants!
We know from history that the young king, Josiah, turned to the Lord and led a revival that removed the idols and cleansed the land. He responded to this prophet’s strong preaching. When we repent, God relents! He would rather save us than judge us! He takes great delight in His people and desires to quiet us in His love. He rejoices over us with singing! Picture God spinning around in delight singing a song of joy over us! (Zephaniah 3:17) Turn to Him today before the coming “day of the Lord”.