The message of the cross …

Today’s Reading: Psalm 113

As we have been reading through Leviticus, as difficult as some of the chapters have been to look beyond gory sacrificial descriptions to their purpose, each chapter has drawn me deeper and deeper into a greater understanding of God’s holiness. More so, especially as the readings led into and now out of Easter.

Yes the call for God’s people to be both personally and morally pure is no different for us today, but for those who lived pre the cross, continual sacrifice was God’s way of them understanding their sinfulness and need for repentance …

So what’s the connection of all this to Psalm 113?

This Psalm for me is the message of the cross. How you might ask??

Firstly, the opening verses highlight over and over again, a call to not just praise the Lord but praise the name of the Lord. vs 2 & 3

In Matthew’s gospel when the angle appeared to Joseph, the message was that ‘She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins’. Matthew 1:21

This is why I too praise the name of the Lord; Jesus, who came from heaven to earth was God’s answer for providing a way for people (that’s you and me) to come to him; the perfect sacrifice that could not be attained no matter how many sacrifices were made on the alter!

And as we celebrated the risen Lord on Easter Sunday last week, verses 4-6 paint a perfect picture of the beauty of the cross; Christ exalted over all people (… exalted over the nations vs 4) and over all creation ( … stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth vs 6).

Not just looking down, but stoops down to look. Doesn’t it make you stop and reflect on just how majestic is His glory? This is more than exalted; it’s higher than high exalted when you have to stoop!

But there’s more, because through the cross, Christ’s exaltation is shared. ‘He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them …. vs 7-8 What a precious gift that Christ who is the exalted one who ‘sits enthroned on high’ vs 5, also seats the needy.

Even as He reigns control over the whole earth, He is still aware of and sees our personal needs.

Yes indeed, it is right to Praise the Lord!

KD

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