Christmas Foretold - Sing, Shout, Rejoice (12.22.19) (Zephaniah 3:14-20)Pastor Bryan Dugger, December 22, 2019
Part of the Christmas Foretold series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Celebration, praise and rejoicing are too often wasted on unworthy targets and endeavors. But when Jesus Christ came into the world, He brought legitimate and lasting cause for rejoicing. The Messiah brings joy to the world, and the joy He brings triumphs over our fears, mourning, and shame.
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14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. 15The 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. 16In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. 17The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. 18I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. 19Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. 20At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD. (KJV)