Read:  Zephaniah 3:1-20

Focus:
“Don’t be afraid!  For the LORD your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.  With His love, He will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”  “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more.”  Zephaniah 3:16, 20

In the beginning of this prophecy, Zephaniah is communicating to the people of Jerusalem God’s disgust with their idolatry and sin.  But as he goes on you can see God’s underlying affection and ultimate loyalty to His people.  Even though He is angry with them at this time, He dreams of the day when He won’t be.  A day when they will turn back to Him, when He will delight in them rather than be hurt and frustrated by them.

God would let entire generations (sometimes several generations) reap the consequences of their rebellion against Him, all the while hoping and knowing that ultimately His people would come to their senses and turn to Him.   That’s what He wants more than anything.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait generations to turn to God and receive His grace and favor.  We can turn to Him right now, turn from the sin and misplaced priorities in our lives and surrender everything to the will of our loving Heavenly Father.  And when we do,  we can take comfort in the fact that we no longer have to fear. That God will live in us as a Mighty Savior.  That He delights in us as a parent delights in loving their child and even sings over us in His delight.  That He will gather us to Himself and turn our mourning into celebration.

Take some time and evaluate if there is any area of your life that you need to surrender to God today and then surrender it.  Also, take some time and delight in God’s singing over you, and ask Him to turn your mourning into celebration.

Prayer:
Father – Your love for me is overwhelming.  Today I turn to you and surrender every part of my life.  I long to be a delight to you and to walk in your favor and the song you sing over me.  Please turn my mourning into celebration and remove from me the disgrace of my previous rebellion.  I love you LORD, and I choose you today… thank you for choosing me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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