A Song of Victory

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says the LORD.
Zephaniah 3:14–20
A Song of Victory
As the prophet Zephaniah ends his book, he sings a song of victory. He urges God’s people to fear no evil but instead to rejoice over their coming salvation. Too often we are paralyzed with fear. We are afraid of what people may say about us if we witness about Christ. We are afraid our jobs might be n jeopardy or a relationship might be severed if we are too religious. Fear too often hinders us from witnessing of God’s love and mercy; how wrong and foolish that would be! God has redeemed us in Christ. He will always be with us, and someday He will take us to the heavenly Jerusalem. So despite the fear we proclaim the truth of Christ crucified for us. We pray for our neighbors and ourselves that God would continue to keep us steadfast in the faith. We pray that He makes us bold witnesses of His saving power. And in the end our fear is overcome by His love and with Zephaniah we sing our victory song.
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