The Lord is in the Midst

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Zephaniah 3:14-16

Doctrinally, I believe that this passage is referring to the future millennial Kingdom, when Jesus Christ sets up His earthly kingdom.  That will be a glorious day and it will give us (and Israel) reason to “Sing…, shout…, and ‘be glad and rejoice with all the heart’.”  But we can find some things in verse 15 that the Lord has already done for us and in us that should give us reason to “sing, shout and be glad and rejoice” even today.

“The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy.”  The Christian has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin.  His judgments have been taken away, being borne by Jesus Christ on the cross.  He is “not condemned.”  He has “passed from death unto life.”  What a truth!   The Lord has also “cast out thine enemy.”  While the Devil is still around and will still be a thorn in our flesh until the day we die, we are promised victory over him.  We are told to resist him and he will flee.  We are told that “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.”  The Devil has been defeated.  We do not have to serve him and we do not have to live under his power and longer.

Also, we can take comfort in the fact that “…the Lord, is in the midst of thee.”  As Christians, wherever we go, the Lord is in the midst.  That is both encouraging and convicting at the same time.

While these truths will not be literally fulfilled until after His Second coming, we can enjoy them in our hearts even today through our Lord Jesus Christ!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, Ben . . .this is so exciting and powerful. And a wonderful confirmation of something that He is doing in me. God bless you and encourage you today!

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  2. It’s always a powerful thing when the “Lord is in the midst.” And that is the best place for us to possibly be- I’m glad it encouraged you!

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