The Lord Is In Your Midst; You Shall Fear No More

This meditation is based on a passage for November 6, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20

Reflection and Question: On Tuesday we encountered the apocalyptic calamity graphically described by Zephaniah. This concluding section to the book has a completely different tone and message. Now Zephaniah is all joy and assurance and hope and God’s promise to restore the fortunes of Zion is strong and clear. When things are good, we do well to sober ourselves by taking the correction of God’s judgment. When things are hard, we can turn to the word that God is in our midst. Either way, we need fear no more. Where are you now, up or down, and what is God’s word to you there?

Prayer: Eternal God, we sing aloud with all our heart to thank You for bringing us home, for restoring our fortunes, for renewing us in Your love, for rejoicing over us in gladness. We shall fear disaster no more and serve You with joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.