Day 5 Read: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 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.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
17 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. 18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 19 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. 20 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.
Reflect: In what ways does God save His people? What does God promise to do for His people?
Consider: The next phrase pictures the effect of the Lord’s presence with his people in terms of battle: he is a warrior who gives victory. In verse 15 the description of the Lord as a king spoke of how he would defend his people. Here the picture is one of attack rather than defense. The word translated warrior is used of human warriors, such as David’s “mighty men” (2 Sam 23:8), and is also used elsewhere to describe the Lord’s help to his people (Isa 42:13; Jer 20:11).5
Respond: What are some promises God has already fulfilled in Scripture? What are some promises He has fulfilled in your own life?
5 David J. Clark and Howard A. Hatton, A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Zephaniah, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1989), 200.