August 27 – Shouts of Victory and Joy

“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.” – Zephaniah 3:17 (NASB)

It is not unusual that many may not know this verse even if we have spent years reading the Bible. It comes from one of the minor prophets – books which do not receive their due attention. But in these books which were prophecies for Israel’s future at the time or even warnings for pagan nations such as Tyre (Isaiah, Ezekiel) or Nineveh (Jonah). They contain promises on how God deals with His people. Today’s verse covered in its prophecy the time when Israel’s day of judgement will be past and her King will be residing in her midst. The discipline is over and the fulfillment of promises has come to pass. As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, our Lord God promises that He will exult over His people. There will be gladness and song and great rejoicing. We will be a part of it because as faith believers, God has promised that we are counted among His people and are recipients of His promises. It is a time that we anticipate for all of those who God has redeemed, all of Israel and all of those not Israel but adopted into His family.