Song of the Lord: Mighty to save


The Verse of the Day for May 16, 2018 offers a strong exhortation found in Zephaniah 3:17 in the Amplified Bible:

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

The first part of the verse describes the Lord our God as “A Warrior who saves” and brings to mind a similar picture found in Jeremiah 20-11-12 in the New International Version:

But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior;
so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
their dishonor will never be forgotten.

12 LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous
and probe the heart and mind,
let me see your vengeance on them,
for to you I have committed my cause.

This passage was also the inspiration behind this portrayal of God,  as the Almighty One:

Mighty Warrior

The LORD will march out like a mighty man,

like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;

with a shout he will raise the battle cry

and will triumph over his enemies.

Isaiah 42:13 (NIV)

 

Mighty Warrior leads the charge into victory.

When we face each foe, Adonai begins to laugh.

As the Man of War, He destroys each enemy,

For the Lord of Hosts arises on our behalf.

In the midst of battle He bears His arm and rides

Upon all the fiery chariots of the wind.

He surrounds with power and protects on all sides,

As the ungodly fall and the righteous ascend.

The Almighty Judge rises to discern each heart.

He shakes the heavens and loosens all strongholds

And then probes the depths of truth in the inner part,

As the panoply of total victory unfolds.

Undefeated Super-conqueror—none superior:

The Master of Breakthrough is our Mighty Warrior.

A previous blog post also commented on Zephaniah 3:17, with this original psalm which also provides words of comfort and assurance:

Song of the Lord

The LORD your God in your midst;
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you with His love;
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)

Be well assured that the Lord, your God, in your midst is mighty;
He has always been there, even in times when you could not see.
His strength never fails—His love prevails through all eternity.

Have no fear, only persevere. Rest in Him, for He will save.
To know the fullness of His great love, look at all that He gave.
Now you are free, released you from every snare that seeks to enslave.

Know your triumphant end; He will rejoice over you with joy.
Your gracious Father has given all things richly to enjoy.
Recall the Word planted in your heart as a young or boy.

He will complete what He began, and He will rest in His love.
Cast off all your cares and set your affection on things above,
He is able to do above all that you can ask or think of.

Weep no more, but know that He will joy over you with singing.
Celebrate a bountiful harvest with sheaves you are bringing.
Drink from the fountain where unspeakable joy is springing.

Listen to the Song of the Lord. . .

We close with a song inspired by Zephaniah 3:17, written at and for Camp Barnabas, a camp a for special needs individuals.

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