There will be joy for God’s people after all

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20

ESV Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. 15 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. 16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. 17 The 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. 18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. 19 Behold, 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. 20 At 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)


Hymn: TLH 613:
Jerusalem, the Golden

— Organ Audio

1. Jerusalem the golden, 
With milk and honey blest, 
Beneath thy contemplation 
Sink heart and voice opprest. 
I know not, oh, I know not, 
What joys await us there, 
What radiancy of glory, 
What bliss beyond compare. 

2. They stand, those halls of Zion, 
All jubilant with song 
And bright with many an angel 
And all the martyr throng. 
The Prince is ever in them; 
The daylight is serene; 
The pastures of the blessed 
Are decked in glorious sheen. 

3. There is the throne of David; 
And there, from care released, 
The shout of them that triumph, 
The song of them that feast; 
And they who with their Leader 
Have conquered in the fight 
Forever and forever 
Are clad in robes of white. 

4. O sweet and blessed country, 
The home of God’s elect! 
O sweet and blessed country 
That eager hearts expect! 
Jesus, in mercy bring us 
To that dear land of rest, 
Who art, with God the Father 
And Spirit, ever blest. 


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