Read: Zephaniah 3:1-20
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Jerusalem, ‘The City of God,’ had fallen about as far from God as possible. Things were a mess. Those in power were leading from a foundation of pride and a position of oppression. Princes, judges, prophets and priests had become ‘treacherous people’ who were violent and ‘knew no shame.’ It seemed hopeless. (3:1-4) God had offered plenty of examples of the utter destruction of other nations that had denied Him (3:6), but despite this, in The City of God, most had ignored these warnings (3:7) and would face their own destruction.
However, there were some who had continued to go against the societal grain, and humbly trust in God; God’s “remnant.”
And, right in the middle of the huge mess, we read that God was still there. It was nearly impossible to see God, but He hadn’t left. There was hope. The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail… (3:5)
Just as it was then, so it continues today. God has a ‘remnant’ of people, scattered about, who claim Him as their foundation. To these He promises His protection, mercy and blessing.
On that 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 boasters. Never again will you be haughty 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. (3:11-12)
His City will be ruled by His love.
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (3:17)
In the midst of the world today, a world that is far from God, and glorifies pride and arrogance, God is still present. Ultimately, He will remove the prideful, and save the meek and the humble. When we turn and yield to Him, He is our Mighty Warrior who fights on our behalf, removes our shame and protects us. He offers us peace. He will even rejoice and sing over us!
God thank you for remaining ever present. In this world where arrogance is so often rewarded, and where humility is taken advantage of, please help me to trust in You alone. Where I have sinned and joined the arrogant, please forgive me. Please help me to turn to you, moment by moment, and fix my eyes on You alone. Thank you for your mercy, protection and love. Thank you for Your promise to one day, right the wrongs, and one day bring us home to You. Amen.