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Shoulder to Shoulder

In Zephaniah, we read of what is to come, and it is such a beautiful image. In verse 9, it says, “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” The ESV translates this as “with one accord.” The HCSB says it differently, “with single purpose.” Picture this—God’s people shoulder to shoulder, with one accord, with single purpose.

I love considering what this verse means for us. This verse speaks about a time when we will join together in one accord to spread the Good News. Our mouths will be filled with pure words, purifying words, of the Gospel that we will spread throughout the world. This is where we are currently. This is not something that is to come—it’s NOW! Believing in Jesus Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit—this has given us the opportunity to speak with purifying lips, to serve shoulder to shoulder.

Nothing can keep us from serving shoulder to shoulder, joining together in one voice, in one accord—in harmony for the Lord Jesus Christ—except for ourselves. We allow our pride and our fears to get in the way. We take our purifying lips and allow them to be used for defiling purposes. Today, consider this verse. Consider what was prophesied here. Be a part of the purifying lips. This is only the beginning my friends. We will continue to join together shoulder to shoulder until the whole earth knows about Jesus. When He returns, when the new heaven and new earth come, we will continue together in one voice, glorifying the Lord. We will sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8).

“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” – Zephaniah 3:9 [NIV]

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How the Mighty Have Fallen

In 2 Samuel 1 we read about the death of Saul and Jonathan at the hands of the Philistines. David is told this news and he lamented. He writes this long lamentation that says “how the mighty have fallen” three times (vs. 19-27). It is such a beautiful collection of words as a tribute for these men. As I read through this passage, it is easy to see how David wanted to honor these men; however, it also can serve as a reminder—“How the mighty have fallen.”

No matter how strong we are on our own, we will fall. No matter how much we achieve, we will fall. No matter how high up the ladder we climb by our own human standards, we will fall. We will fall. But that’s not the end of the story. It’s only a small smidgen of life. God has promised us life and life in abundance (John 10:10). His Word says that if we believe in Him, we will have everlasting life (John 3:36). We may fall but we will rise with Him. On His shoulders He carries us home (John 6:40).

You can trust in the promises of God for He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). He is true. He is the Promise Keeper. Each of us will fall again and again, but with each sin we are covered by the blood of Christ. Each of us will one day breathe our last breath, but that last breath of air is not the end. Oh how the mighty have fallen— but oh how the children of God will live forever with Him rejoicing together, singing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8 NIV).

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” – John 5:24 [NLT]

Honor

Right after the Israelites mess up by not inquiring of the Lord regarding the treaty with the Gibeonites, we read where the Israelites stick to the oath they made because they had “sworn an oath to them by the LORD.” In the text, we are reminded three times in three sequential verses of the importance of this oath sworn by the name of the Lord (Joshua 9:18, 19, 20). Although they had messed up, they followed through with the treaty, honoring the name of God. Despite the troubles that would come their way from honoring this treaty, they chose that over dishonoring the name of the Lord.

When we look around today, it is very easy to see that most people are not concerned with honoring the name of God. There are vows made before God that get broken very easily because no one wishes to have any inconvenience or find any resolutions to problems if it involves compromise. Words are said that dishonor God. Actions are taken that dishonor God. The Israelites mentioned three times the importance of keeping an oath sworn by the name of the Lord, but today some people see no need to honor God with words or actions.

We serve a holy God. We are called to be a holy people. Holy means “set apart.” The Bible says, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15). Today, consider the holiness of God and consider this call to be holy as well. We may mess up from time to time, but children of God have a great promise. One day we will be joining together to sing, “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8b). Let us honor God with our words and deeds.