Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.
Malachi 3:16 (NLT)
When we worship the Lord and keep Him close to our hearts we honor Him and enjoy His fellowship and intimacy.
“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Malachi 3:5 (NLT)
Men do not worship the Lord; that is the root of all evil. He will be a witness against those that do not fear Him because He knows all things. Reverently worship the Lord and evil will retreat in fear.
“The person who cheats will be cursed. He has a male animal in his flock and promises to offer it, but then he offers to the Lord an animal that has something wrong with it. I am a great king,” says the Lord All-Powerful, “and I am feared by all the nations.”
Malachi 1:14 (NCV)
God’s gifts are priceless, offer Him worship that is reverent and genuine, otherwise you only deceive yourself.
The Lord who rules over all says, “Years ago your people made me angry. So I decided to bring trouble on them. I did not show them any pity. But now I plan to do good things to Jerusalem and Judah again. So do not be afraid.”
Zechariah 8:14-15 (NIrV)
When we seek counsel and guidance from the Father we become fearless and are able to find comfort in His love and justice.
Judah and Israel, in the past the nations called down curses on you. But now I will save you. You will be a blessing to others. Do not be afraid. Let your hands be strong so that you can do my work.
Zechariah 8:13 (NIrV)
When we encounter difficulties while engaged in the work of God we will press on without fear for our reward is great.
‘As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!‘
Haggai 2:5 (NASB)
The Spirit of God is among us, we have no reason to fear or be discouraged.
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak. The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Lift your hands in praise and rejoice in the promises of God. We are not afraid because God is with us, and when God is with us no one is against us.
Sing, Jerusalem. Israel, shout for joy! Jerusalem, be happy and rejoice with all your heart. The Lord has stopped punishing you; he has sent your enemies away. The King of Israel, the Lord, is with you; you will never again be afraid of being harmed.
Zephaniah 3:14-15 (NCV)
Because of Christ’s victory over sin we celebrate and have no worry of judgment. He is with us! There is no condemnation for those that are with Christ.
The people of Israel who survive will live right and refuse to tell lies. They will eat and rest with nothing to fear.
Zephaniah 3:13 (CEV)
A blessed peace surrounds those who trust in the Father and bring glory to His name. The promise of the gospel provides comfort and hope.
I said, ‘Surely you will fear me; you will accept correction. Then your dwelling would not be cut off according to all that I have appointed against you.’ But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt.
Zephaniah 3:7 (ESV)
Heeding a word of correction and turning from sin is evidence of worship for the Lord.