Leviticus 17 & Psalms 20-21

Leviticus 17

    And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the people of Israel and say to them, This is the thing that the LORD has commanded. If any one of the house of Israel kills an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or kills it outside the camp, and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it as a gift to the LORD in front of the tabernacle of the LORD, bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people. This is to the end that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices that they sacrifice in the open field, that they may bring them to the LORD, to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the LORD. And the priest shall throw the blood on the altar of the LORD at the entrance of the tent of meeting and burn the fat for a pleasing aroma to the LORD. So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.

    “And you shall say to them, Any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the LORD, that man shall be cut off from his people.

    “If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.

    “Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. And every person who eats what dies of itself or what is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or a sojourner, shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening; then he shall be clean. But if he does not wash them or bathe his flesh, he shall bear his iniquity.”

(Leviticus 17 ESV)


Psalm 20

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
        May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
    May he send you help from the sanctuary
        and give you support from Zion!
    May he remember all your offerings
        and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
    
    May he grant you your heart's desire
        and fulfill all your plans!
    May we shout for joy over your salvation,
        and in the name of our God set up our banners!
    May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
    
    Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
        he will answer him from his holy heaven
        with the saving might of his right hand.
    Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
        but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
    They collapse and fall,
        but we rise and stand upright.
    
    O LORD, save the king!
        May he answer us when we call.

(Psalm 20 ESV)


Psalm 21

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices,
        and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
    You have given him his heart's desire
        and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
    For you meet him with rich blessings;
        you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
    He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
        length of days forever and ever.
    His glory is great through your salvation;
        splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
    For you make him most blessed forever;
        you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
    For the king trusts in the LORD,
        and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
    
    Your hand will find out all your enemies;
        your right hand will find out those who hate you.
    You will make them as a blazing oven
        when you appear.
    The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath,
        and fire will consume them.
    You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
        and their offspring from among the children of man.
    Though they plan evil against you,
        though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
    For you will put them to flight;
        you will aim at their faces with your bows.
    
    Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength!
        We will sing and praise your power.

(Psalm 21 ESV)


Something to Consider

Psalm 20 (a prayer): Father, may You be our answer whenever we are troubled, and may Your good name be our shield in times of suffering. May You send help in our times of need, and may You give support in our times of struggle. May we remain pleasing in Your sight.

Father, I ask that You may grant me the desires of my heart and fulfill the plans that I have made as long as my desires and plans are in accordance with what may be pleasing in Your sight. 

May I praise Your name and declare Your greatness for all to see. Salvation comes from You, and You answer the prayers of Your children. While many people trust in their own strength and assets, we Your children trust in Your good name. Many collapse and fall, but we stand strong upon the Rock of our salvation. Oh Lord protect Your people, and may You answer us with assurance when we call. Amen.