Zephaniah 3:17 says: 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.
Mighty to save. That phrase has just been ringing in my heart this week and along with it, this verse:
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-- that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (Phillipians 3: 8-10)
Mighty to save...and the power of His resurrection.
Surely, the resurrection proves Our Lord's victory over hell, death and the grave is God's promise to us, His guarantee that He can and will save us - that He is mighty to save. But, the thought that has been with me this week is just how critical it is for us to know that salvation isn't just an eternal issue...it is a today issue. Our Lord was mighty to save on the day of Christ's resurrection, and He should be as mighty to us on any old Tuesday night as He was the day we surrendered our lives to Him. He is as mighty in the moments of our deepest loss and pain as He is at the peak of our worship on Sunday morning (or Saturday or in the car, as the case may be.) He stood between us and death that day on Calvary, and He stands there today. He also stands between us and anything that will come against us, any sin, any loss, any fear, any deferred hope, any sickness...anything. He stands interceding and advocating and protecting. He stands mighty to save, yesterday, today and forever.
Father, may we hear you rejoicing over us with singing and be quieted by your love for us. May we count all loss if that is what is required to be found in you and know, everyday, the power of your resurrection! For your glory and your Name's sake...amen!