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Major Truths From Minor Prophets: God Takes Great Delight In Us

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

The Old Testament is full of stories of the wayward Israelites. They were God’s chosen people. He rescued them from bondage in Egypt. He gave them the Promised Land. He destroyed their enemies. Yet they repaid His love by worshiping other gods. They disobeyed the God who protected and loved them through the years.
 Zephaniah, a contemporary of the prophet, Jeremiah, was sent to warn the Southern kingdom of Judea. They would not heed God’s final warning to repent. They were taken captive by the Babylonians and spent seventy years in exile.

 The Minor Prophets all referred to the day of the Lord. This term never refers to twenty four hours. It is an indefinite period of God’s judgment. It applies to the present generation and sometimes includes future generations.
The third chapter of Zephaniah gives hope to the remnant of believing Jews. It also applies to another remnant, the New Testament church. We are included in God’s family. Thank You, Lord.

Zephaniah 3:17 gives us four great truths. First, Our Lord is mighty to save. We need no other god. Jesus Christ is the Savior. He alone brings salvation. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” ( John 14).
Second, God takes great delight in His children. How do you feel knowing that the God of the Universe takes great delight in you? I know I am humbled because I do things that cause Him grief. We were put here on Earth to glorify and serve God. How many times do I let Him down? This verse makes me want to bring Him delight instead of sorrow.

Third, the verse says that God will quiet us with His love. Do you long for peace? I have a favorite verse I share with friends who are going through trials. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3). Our Heavenly Father ‘s  love gives us a quiet spirit.
Finally, He rejoices with us with singing. Imagine spending eternity with a God who rejoices with us. I can’t imagine God singing, but He can do anything. If He could appear in a burning bush to Moses, I’m certain He can singl

Dear Father, Thank You for Zephaniah. His truths fill me with joy and hope.

Janice Yandell

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