God is Near
Hardly a verse in all of Scripture sums up the heart of God for his people better than Zephaniah 3:17. As we walk through this passage today I pray your life would be transformed by the reality of God’s nearness and the depth of his love for you. Scripture says,
'The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. '
“God is in your midst”—take a moment to consider that fact. God is not far off; in fact, he is with you right now. If you are a Christian, his Spirit dwells within you, fellowshipping with your spirit. Psalm 139:7 says, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” God’s presence is with you right now. He is in your midst.
Do you remember that account in Mark's gospel (Mark 4:35-41) of the trip Jesus and His disciples made across the Sea of Galilee? It has been made famous by a song believers have sung for decades, entitled "Peace, Be Still!" A storm took the disciples by surprise and put them in fear of their lives. Gripped with thoughts of their own personal weakness, they woke Jesus and questioned how He could sleep at a time like that. After calming the wind and the sea, Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. How could they sink? Why would they ever fear? They had God in the boat with them! The boat would never sink as long as God was in it. They should not have been moved, for the Lord Himself was in their midst. That's a perfect illustration of Psalm 46:5
Look also at the term "moved" in verse 5. It literally means "to totter or shake." We have the descriptive slang expression "all shook up." I suppose it would fit here in verse 5. Because God is in me, I really have no reason to get "shook up." Do you realize that from the moment the Lord Jesus Christ became the Lord and Savior of your life, He has been living within you? In fact, Christ is called "your life" in Colossians 3:4. The hope of glory is "Christ in you." If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ, you have the Lord God within you. In your midst! Therefore, with Him present, there is no reason to totter. God is not going to totter and shake, nor is His dwelling place. So, the next time you are tempted to panic, focus on the fact that God is literally in your midst. Selah!
*Receive God’s presence by meditating on this truth: God is in your midst.
“The Lord your God is in your midst.” Zephaniah 3:17
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
“Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.” 1 Chronicles 16:27