For the past month I have been studying the book of Leviticus. It is a study of God’s holiness and his plan to redeem mankind. The sacrifices and offerings that God required of Israel point to man’s sin and the need for payment in blood. Sinful man cannot approach God.
Psalm 15 raises these questions. Lord who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
God had a plan from the very beginning. In Leviticus we see the outline, or shadow, of a plan that is completed through Jesus. Jesus provides forgiveness for our sins and redemption by his death on the cross and resurrection.
The Psalms look ahead to our salvation and declare the love and compassion that God has for us.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits—
Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
Who satisfies you desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 103: 1-5
The book of Leviticus and the Psalms lead me to reflect on God’s holiness and his loving plan for us. So many reasons to give thanks and have praise on my lips.
The troubles in the world can weigh us down; we need to keep our focus on God.
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