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The King is in Your Midst
12/17/2006
Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Track 3 of 5 in the Transforming Story: The Tale Begins--Again series
Running time: 30 minutes, 26 seconds.


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Chuck Sackett Speaker: Chuck Sackett
Dr. G. Charles Sackett is minister of Madison Park Christian Church.

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"All About Us"

In today's text "The Lord" is mentioned by name, 4 times. He is called "King of Isreal" and "your God." An additional 5 times the third person pronoun "He" is used. Beyond that, 8 times the first person, "I," is used. He is specifically mentioned 19 times in these verses. You'd think this was about God.

Yet all the verbs are directed at His activity toward us. He "is mighty to save," "takes delight," "quiets," "rejoices," "removes," "deals with our uoppressors," "rescues," "gives praise," "restores." All of those actions He performs on our behalf.

It's absolutely amazing, the "King," "the Lord," "God," about whom all things should be, chooses to make life about us.

It's Advent. Christmas is just a week away. It should all point to Him. It's His birthday. It's His season. Yet, when you read some Bible texts, nothing God did, which produced this season of the year . . . was for His benefit. It was for us. To "you" a child is born. Even the birth of Christ was about us. He came to give us salvation.

Never in the history of the world was there a greater gift given. There never will be. All or us . . . or was it? Ultimately, everything God does is for His name (Ezekiel 36:22ff.). When He redeems us as His people, it manifests the honor due His name. When God creates for Himself an inheritance, He creates us . . . His people. And we reap the benefits of God's activity.

What God does in redemption is nearly incomprehensible. The sending of His son for us was incredible, marvelous, overwhelming. The question then becomes, what will we do with this great gift? Will we rejoice? Will we take delight? Will we share? Will we give thanks? Will we choose to live to see that His name is honored? Will we live so the world thinks more of God, not less?

In a season that should be all about God, God makes it all about us, so it can be all about Him. I wonder, could we take a season we've made all about us and really make it all about Him?