“The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy:

the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee:

thou shalt not see evil any more” (Zephaniah 3:15).

As you stand on the verge of the unknown of the year 2020, the LORD will bless you and grant you His peace. If you remain faithful to the LORD by living without iniquity and hypocrisy, He will be in the midst of you and pronounce on you the following seven fold perfect blessings.

  1. DIVINE COMPASSION: “The LORD hath taken away thy judgments….. the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee…..” (Zephaniah 3:15). Ephraim had become so sinful that there was nothing left to do but to destroy them. But God’s compassion erased all the judgment against it. Maybe for some reasons you may be under God’s punishment. Yet His compassion will remove them all. “I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim : for I am ….. in the midst of thee…..” (Hosea 11:9). The agony of God’s compassion pulsates in this verse. “….. How shall I make thee as Admah? How shall I set thee as Zeboim?…..” (Hosea 11:8). Admah and Zeboim got destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah. The condition to receive this blessing is to acknowledge one’s sin and seek God’s face. “… till they acknowledge their offence, and seek My face…..” (Hosea 5:15). David did greater sins than Saul, yet God showed His compassion and removed judgment from him because he acknowledged his sin and sought God’s face which Saul did not do. Repent and seek God to experience divine compassion.
  1. DIVINE INTERVENTION: “…He hath cast out thine enemies… the LORD is in the midst of thee…”(Zephaniah 3:15). Secondly, the LORD who is in the midst of you will intervene and drive out all your enemies in seven different ways. The casting out of your enemies implies your victory. You might have easily fallen as a prey to the enemy. The evil one has brought disease, harm and danger to destroy your family peace. But He will no longer shoot arrows and cast a bank against you. God will intervene and cast him out. When will God do this? Deuteronomy 23:14: “For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that He see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.” When the unclean things are not brought in or seen inside your home and life, no diabolic force can take victory over you. Balaam was hired to curse God’s holy people. He could only bless them because of God’s intervention. Since holiness was the lifestyle of Joseph, Daniel and his three friends, the enemies could not touch them. Let holiness be your watch word.
  1. DIVINE PRESERVATION: “….. the LORD is in the midst of thee: thou shall not see evil any more” (Zephaniah 3:15). This is the promise of divine preservation. You will face troubles and yet the good LORD will preserve you. “And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; ….. I am the LORD in the midst of the Earth” (Exodus 8:22). God preserves His people in an unusual way. You can wonder how the flies knew the boundary of God’s people. Maybe they went close to the Israelites and found God in the midst of them and went back to Egypt. “For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire roundabout and will be the glory in the midst of her” (Zechariah 2:5). The LORD was with David and preserved him in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death. No evil shall befall you. No plague will come near your home. You will not be afraid of evil. Your heart shall trust in the LORD. Your leaf shall be green even when the heat comes. You shall never cease to yield fruit. Your present problem will never be in your future. You shall experience divine preservation.
  1. DIVINE CONSOLATION: “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save…..” (Zephaniah 3:17). When God saves His people, there is divine consolation. He saves those who halt. “….. I will save her that halteth…..” (Zephaniah 3:19). The Hebrew meaning of ‘halt’ is weakness in the body. These weak and helpless ones are usually driven out and banished from men. Your professional world may reject you in your weakness. But God will console you by saving you. The Hebrew meaning of “save” is “I will help you.” In this year 2020, the LORD says, “I will help you. For I am in the midst of you. Even when all human help fails, I will console you with My presence.” “God is in the midst of her….. God shall help her, and that right early” (Psalm 46:5). God will help you first before no one could reach out to you to help. When the great multitude came against Jehoshaphat, he sought God’s help. God consoled him by saying that He would fight the battle. Jacob was like a despicable worm, yet God consoled him by saying, “Fear not.” This year God’s people will experience a special favour. You will not lack any good thing.
  1. DIVINE JUBILATION: “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee …… He will rejoice over you with joy…… He will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17). The LORD will exult over with shouts of joy over the holy generation. He is unhappy over sinful people. This is the only place in the whole of the Bible where it says that God sings over His people. What a challenge to be this sort of people over whom God rejoices! The Hebrew meaning for the phrase, “He will rest in His love,” is “He silently plans many things in love.” He wants to give you a pleasant surprise. There is a change coming in the life of your sons and daughters. For the LORD is pleased to make you His people. “….. for they (The eyes of the LORD) shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel….. ” (Zechariah 4:10). Plummet is a tool that a mason uses to build a wall straight. It represents God’s Word. When you obey God’s word and live a holy life, He will rejoice over you. God rejoiced over the life of Abel, Enoch and Daniel.
  1. DIVINE EXALTATION: “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee ….. I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame” (Zephaniah 3: 19). The LORD promises to give glory and a name of distinction to those who are mocked and shamed. This is the year of divine exaltation. Your promotion will come from the LORD alone. He will lift your head in the very same place where you have been put to shame. All those who humiliated you will see God’s blessings upon you. Joseph and Moses were lifted up in the same place where they were humiliated. “And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel….. My people shall never be ashamed” (Joel 2:27). When God exalted David and gave him a name of distinction, the women sang, “Saul killed his thousands and David his ten thousands.” They remembered the verse, “One shall chase thousand and two put ten thousand to flight.” God literally exalted Abraham’s name when Abraham obeyed Him. No matter how much the LORD exalts you, learn to be humble.
  1. DIVINE RESTORATION: “….. will I bring you again, even in the time that I will gather you….. when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD” (Zephaniah 3:20). The Hebrew meaning of this verse is , “All those who are against you will praise you as I restore your fortune before their very own eyes.” You might have lost your precious spiritual experiences and health. The LORD says, “I am going to restore all you have lost.” This is the year of restoration. When the three Hebrew young men were thrown in the midst of the fire, people who were jealous of them thought that they would lose their position and their lives. But the LORD entered in as the fourth man and walked with them. They were not only restored to their previous state but also were promoted. Restoration came along with promotion. Jacob thought that he had lost Joseph permanently but God restored Joseph to Jacob. Jacob was revived. The LORD will restore the spiritual life of your son and daughter this year. He will restore all that you have lost.