December 10 - Zephaniah 3:14-20
v.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.”
Swiping the Toy of the Day from your sibling's possession is only the first step. Next comes the gloating, the waving of the prize, and the attempted escape. It never ends well.
The prophet Zephaniah describes God's arrival in the midst of Israel to sweep away her enemies and to take away the judgments against her. God has come to deal with the oppressor and gather the outcast. In the middle of this rescue operation comes a song:
"Where are you?"
You are in the hands of our great, gloating God who waves us like a prize, exulting in the face of our enemies. Unlike toddler toy-swipers, Jesus has made his escape. He has entered the gates of death, plundered the possessions of Hell, and made a clean getaway in the resurrection!
Do you hear what I hear? The quiet love of God now singing over you.
Mighty God, you have made your people your prized possession. Open our ears to hear your song; open our lips to sing this song to the world. Amen.