Zephaniah 3: 14-20
Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. 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.” The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you. At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame. At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.
This scripture speaks of the time that a remnant of Israel will be restored into a right relationship with God, their land and their fortunes will be restored to them, and Jesus Christ will be their King.
Father help us of us to prepare our hearts today to be ready for that glorious day when all of your people will be in relationship with you, delight in your love, and rejoice together with singing. Your people will no longer be scattered because you will bring us home to be eternally with you. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.