Thursday Inspiration 1.8.15

From Zephaniah 3 MSG:

So sing, Daughter Zion!
    Raise the rafters, Israel!
Daughter Jerusalem,
    be happy! celebrate!
God has reversed his judgments against you
    and sent your enemies off chasing their tails.
From now on, God is Israel’s king,
    in charge at the center.
There’s nothing to fear from evil
    ever again!

It’s always good to remember we are allowed to be joyful. This doesn’t mean everything has to go right or our lives have to always be on the up-and-up. Simply remembering that God “has reversed his judgments against you” is enough. Salvation has saved us from evil. It has no hold on us. While we may stumble, God still has the last word over us and that word is grace. His grace is sufficient.

Here are a few things we learn about God in this passage:

1. Yet God remains righteous in her midst,
    untouched by the evil.
He stays at it, day after day, meting out justice.
    At evening he’s still at it, strong as ever.
But evil men and women, without conscience
    and without shame, persist in evil.

2. He will always turn things around:

“In the end I will turn things around for the people.
    I’ll give them a language undistorted, unpolluted,
Words to address God in worship…..All my scattered, exiled people
    will come home with offerings for worship.
You’ll no longer have to be ashamed
    of all those acts of rebellion.”

3. God is the only one in charge:

God is Israel’s king,
    in charge at the center.
There’s nothing to fear from evil
    ever again!

4. God is present with you, strong, happy to have you, sings over you

Your God is present among you,
    a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
    and delight you with his songs.

5. God will take away your sorrow:

“The accumulated sorrows of your exile
    will dissipate.
I, your God, will get rid of them for you.
    You’ve carried those burdens long enough.
At the same time, I’ll get rid of all those
    who’ve made your life miserable.

Is this not a reason to rejoice?

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