Zephaniah 3:17 "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,"
Zephaniah, like the other prophets, continues to speak forth God's condemnation and judgment of those who turn away from Him. We hear in Zephaniah's word the complete sweeping annihilation of godlessness. There is a very picturesque verse of God, the Creator who first said, "Let there be light!", searching Jerusalem with lamps, "At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who thin, 'The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.'" This speaks to us that there is no middle ground. Either one is hot in serving the Lord or cold in turning away from Him. Complacency is as good as turning away, and to be punished, as well. This bears in mind the rebuke of the Lord to the Church in Laodicea, at the end of the age: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, pour, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:15-20)."
So, too, God calls to His people through the prophet Zephaniah, "Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD'S wrath comes upon you. Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD'S anger (2:1-3). The lamp of the Lord will reveal all. He is still looking for those who will turn to Him. Let us remember Jesus' words in Matthew 23:37, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing." This is God's heart for His people. And this is why He sent the prophets. This is why He sent Jesus. He's looking toward this day that He speaks of by the prophet Zephaniah, "Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them--all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.
"Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder (3:8, 9)." The gospel proclaims, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:32; Romans 10:13)."
God is still looking for those who overcome. The Lord stands at the door of our hearts with His word of victory. "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 3:21, 22)." What do we hear? Is it the sound of singing? "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." There's a little chorus we learned in CFO that goes like this, "Listen, listen, listen to My heart's song; listen, listen, listen to my heart's song. I will never leave you; I will never forsake you. I will never leave you; I will never forsake you. Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song." And as we hear, let's dance to the music.