Zephaniah: “Rejoice and exult with all your heart!”

What is heaven like?  Zephaniah has given us a sobering even frightful warning about God’s coming judgment, but he also gives us a glimpse of heaven.  There is in all of us a longing for heaven, a place where life is as it is supposed to be.  David Lloyd George, British statesman and Liberal politician (1863-1945), once said, “When I was a boy, the thought of Heaven used to frighten me more than the thought of Hell.  I pictured Heaven as a place where time would be perpetual Sundays, with perpetual services from which there would be no escape.”[1]  How about you?  What is your idea of heaven?

Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  I think Bill Watterson’s comic strip character Calvin gets closer to the idea of heaven: 

Pray:  As you begin today you might make Psalm 16:11 part of your prayer, asking the Lord to fill your heart with the joy of His promise of heaven. 

Read:  Zephaniah 3:9-20, twice and carefully.

Meditate:  “The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah” ends on a deeply moving note of joy-filled hope!  Let the questions below help you meditate on this passage, but do not be limited by them if you sense the Lord leading you in another direction.

[1]Randy Alcorn, Heaven (Carol Stream, IL:  Tyndale House Publishing, Inc., 2004), pp. 7-8.