The Day of Dominion
(Zephaniah 1:1-18; 2:1-15; 3;1-20)
(2 Chronicles 34:3-7)
Sing, Daughter of Zion
By Charles Joseph Staniland
Today’s Bible reading includes the writings of the Old Testament minor prophet Zephaniah. Zephaniah pointed to the God’s judgment on the nation of Judah and to the coming day of the Lord.
The book of Zephaniah is filled with repeated phrases, looking towards the fulfillment of time. These wordings include “at that time,” “on that day” and similar lines. (How many can you find and underline in today’s Scripture readings?)
The day of the Lord may be fearsome indeed, particularly for those who have mocked His people and rejected His invitation to follow Him. On the other hand, this occasion will be a long-awaited answer to prophetic prayers for all who love and honor the great and mighty Jehovah.
Here is a poem the Lord gave me today, based on our readings in the Old Testament book of Zephaniah. May the Lord bless your heart and lead you ever closer to His own, today and always.
At That Time
A Poetic Dream on a Day Most Supreme
Perched on the piano of pleasantest prime,
Today entertains us – the passage of time.
Unseen, the Deliverer waits for His cue
To ransom and rescue His own faithful few.
When windows of wonder fly open at last,
Though storms of deception may billow and blast,
The darkest of hours draws close to its end,
Destroyed by the Letter of love He will send.
The Word that was spoken before time emerged
Is uttered again, as all evil is purged.
Too little, too late – the pretenders may call,
As Wonderful Counselor reigns over all.
The wounded and needy, He draws to His heart.
With spike-wounded hands, He removes every dart.
The Father, so gentle, wipes tears from their eyes.
The Kingdom of Heaven appears – all may rise.
c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson
Will you pray with me?
How we look forward
To the day
When Your Word is fulfilled
And Your Kingdom appears
How grateful we are
For the victory
On the cross,
Conquering death and darkness
What a blessing
Posted in response to these prompts:
Blog Your Blessings (“the darkest hour”)
Easy Street Prompts (“too little, too late”)
One Single Impression (“windows”)
Simply Snickers (“perch,” “piano” and “prime”)
Weekend Wordsmith (“letter”)