1.2 – Assurance of God’s Love – Zephaniah 3:17

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 (NIV).

The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
   a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
   he will renew you in his love;
   he will exult over you with loud singing (NRSV).

Reflections on Zephaniah 3:17:

  1. Note the word Lord in Psalm 86:5 and the LORD in Zephaniah 3:17.  Every time you see the word LORD in all caps in most English translations of Scripture you can know that the Hebrew word Yahweh or Jehovah is being used for God's name. This word is unutterable by devout Jews and they will substitute another of God's names in reading the text aloud.
  2. Take time to read all of Zephaniah 3 within it's context.
  3. Again, read Zephaniah 3 from The MESSAGE.
  4. Lieutenant Dunbar (Kevin Costner) in the movie Dances with Wolves writes this in his journal: "It seems everyday ends with a miracle here. And whatever God may be, I thank God for this day" (Memorize This, 22).  Where are finding miracles occurring as you reflect on your day?
  5. As you move through this day and week look for where God is taking delight in you?