“ Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord.
Things looked bleak for Israel. After their defeat in battle, Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish people were taken as prisoners to Babylon. An entire generation arose who had never set foot in the promised land, and who ignored the voice of God, when called upon to return and rebuild. For those who did return, morale was low, as the daunting task of rebuilding a nation amidst constant opposition bore down upon them. Zachariah records the words he spoke to the people, to encourage them to continue on in the work of the Lord. One of his greatest promises is recorded here,
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord.”
Heaven’s solution for what ailed mankind was a visit from God himself. Years later, this promise would be fulfilled, when, in a stable outside Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus. This tiny Child, whose first bed was a cleaned feeding trough, would grow to become the Savior of humanity, and change the course of human history. No man can match the influence this tiny Child has had upon the world; and his work is not yet completed. He desires to continue to impact the world, one life at a time. No matter how dark things may seem in your life, you can break out in song knowing that Jesus Christ desires to dwell within you and change your world.