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Your God Is in Your Midst

March 22, 2019

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Your God Is in Your Midst

Around 640 B.C.,  Judah  was in serious trouble — and didn’t even know it.     Two of their previous kings  (Manasseh and Amon ) had promoted all sorts of evil,  idolatry,  and witchcraft  throughout their land  and none  of the people  cared enough  to even think  about  repenting.     They just nonchalantly felt  that everything would soon get better  all by itself.

But,  through the prophet Zephaniah,  God pronounced  that they would have to face  a severe judgment first.     The judgment  was to be a process  of purifying  the hearts  of the people.     Their situation  wasn’t really any different  from the condition  of our world today.     People still shrug their shoulders  at all the evil going on  and think it will just get better  some day.     But,  in the meantime,  no one repents  of their sins.     No one feels responsible  for adding to the sins  around them.

This world today  might have to go through  a time of severe judgment,  just as Judah did  years ago.     The blatant sins all around us  are not being repented of,  like they should be.     In other words,  we are getting rather  ripe for judgment.     But,  whatever  purifying judgments  we may face,  we also need to remember  Zephaniah’s  promise  from God  to all who do repent.     In Zephaniah 3:17,  God’s word says,

The LORD your God  is in your midst,   
A victorious warrior.   
He will  exult over you  with joy,   
He will  be quiet  in His love,   
He will  rejoice over you  with shouts of joy.

Whatever we have to face,  God is with us.     Our Lord is described  as a “victorious warrior”.     That is saying that  He saves  His children  with great might and power.     We are safe  in our Lord’s love,  with our repentant hearts.

Because God is our victory,  He knows  how to cleanse our hearts  and set us  on the right track.     That is why,  when His job of cleansing  is done,  “He will exult over you  with joy,  He will  be quiet  in His love.”      God’s love for us is so heartfelt  that He will be overflowing  with joy,  when we repent  and turn to Him rightly.    And,  He will never chide us  and say,  “I told you so.”     Not at all.     Instead,  “He will be quiet in His love.”

That’s awesome.     God’s love for us  is so holy and pure  that He just simply loves us  and accepts us joyfully.

That’s exactly why  we should have repentant hearts  every day.     Every day  should be a day of abiding  in our Lord,  so that He may  abide in us.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  do create in me  a clean heart  and a very right spirit,  to Your joy  and glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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