14Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15The 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.
The Story: What is the appropriate response to the announcement of Yahweh’s coming grace? “Sing…shout…rejoice!” Who could but rejoice when “[t]he LORD has taken away the judgments against you” and “has cleared away your enemies”? This is exactly what God does for all whom He saves. Since Christ bore our judgment, it is taken away from us. Since Christ conquered our enemies, they are all cleared away. The greatest blessing is that when these impediments are removed, we can live in the presence of God. This is the prospect Zephaniah announced to the righteous remnant in his day: “The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil.” The height of covenantal privilege is the presence of the Lord in blessing among His people. The Jews to whom Zephaniah prophesied had much to fear on the immediate historical horizon. They were going to experience the horror of exile. But the prophet called them to look beyond exile with hope. We, likewise, are called to look beyond our present sufferings with faith, trust, and hope in the Lord (Romans 8:18, 24-25). Whatever troubles may surround us today, we still have much to sing about.
The Structure: After Yahweh has spoken directly to His people (vv. 11-13), Zephaniah tells them how to respond. His inspired commentary continues to speak to us today, directing us to respond with joy over our salvation.
Reflect for a few minutes on the wonder of your salvation in Christ. Then express your joy in a song of praise to your Lord.
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