Thursday, March 04, 2010

Psalm 94:12-13

Blessed is the man whom You instruct, o Lord,
and teach out of Your law,
that You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
until the pit is dug for the wicked.

We so often think that verses like these mean that God instructs us in how to be good, how to follow rules like the Ten Commandments, how to be nice.

But that's not where we find rest.

When we actually look at the law in Exodus and Leviticus, it's full of stuff about sacrifices. It tells about God's arrangements for worship. It tells how God provides the sacrificial system, as well as the animals for the sacrifices. There's atoning blood all over the place in the Law. There are pictures of Jesus all over the Law: the altar, the lampstand, the priests, the sacrificial lamb, the tabernacle, etc.

When we are taught from the Law, we see how there is always need for forgiveness, how we cannot obey the laws of God, how the blood of another must be shed on our behalf. When we are taught from the Law, we are shown the God of the Promise of Salvation.

And that's where we find rest from adversity.

If I say, "My foot slips,"
Your mercy, o Lord, will hold me up.

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