Leviticus 27 & Psalm 34

Leviticus 27

    The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, If anyone makes a special vow to the LORD involving the valuation of persons, then the valuation of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. If the person is a female, the valuation shall be thirty shekels. If the person is from five years old up to twenty years old, the valuation shall be for a male twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels. If the person is from a month old up to five years old, the valuation shall be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female the valuation shall be three shekels of silver. And if the person is sixty years old or over, then the valuation for a male shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels. And if someone is too poor to pay the valuation, then he shall be made to stand before the priest, and the priest shall value him; the priest shall value him according to what the vower can afford.

    “If the vow is an animal that may be offered as an offering to the LORD, all of it that he gives to the LORD is holy. He shall not exchange it or make a substitute for it, good for bad, or bad for good; and if he does in fact substitute one animal for another, then both it and the substitute shall be holy. And if it is any unclean animal that may not be offered as an offering to the LORD, then he shall stand the animal before the priest, and the priest shall value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall be. But if he wishes to redeem it, he shall add a fifth to the valuation.

    “When a man dedicates his house as a holy gift to the LORD, the priest shall value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand. And if the donor wishes to redeem his house, he shall add a fifth to the valuation price, and it shall be his.

    “If a man dedicates to the LORD part of the land that is his possession, then the valuation shall be in proportion to its seed. A homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver. If he dedicates his field from the year of jubilee, the valuation shall stand, but if he dedicates his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall calculate the price according to the years that remain until the year of jubilee, and a deduction shall be made from the valuation. And if he who dedicates the field wishes to redeem it, then he shall add a fifth to its valuation price, and it shall remain his. But if he does not wish to redeem the field, or if he has sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed anymore. But the field, when it is released in the jubilee, shall be a holy gift to the LORD, like a field that has been devoted. The priest shall be in possession of it. If he dedicates to the LORD a field that he has bought, which is not a part of his possession, then the priest shall calculate the amount of the valuation for it up to the year of jubilee, and the man shall give the valuation on that day as a holy gift to the LORD. In the year of jubilee the field shall return to him from whom it was bought, to whom the land belongs as a possession. Every valuation shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall make a shekel.

    “But a firstborn of animals, which as a firstborn belongs to the LORD, no man may dedicate; whether ox or sheep, it is the LORD's. And if it is an unclean animal, then he shall buy it back at the valuation, and add a fifth to it; or, if it is not redeemed, it shall be sold at the valuation.

    “But no devoted thing that a man devotes to the LORD, of anything that he has, whether man or beast, or of his inherited field, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy to the LORD. No one devoted, who is to be devoted for destruction from mankind, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

    “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD's; it is holy to the LORD. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman's staff, shall be holy to the LORD. One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.”

    These are the commandments that the LORD commanded Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.

(Leviticus 27 ESV)

Psalm 34

 Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

    I will bless the LORD at all times;
        his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
        let the humble hear and be glad.
    Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
        and let us exalt his name together!
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
        and delivered me from all my fears.
    Those who look to him are radiant,
        and their faces shall never be ashamed.
    This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
        and saved him out of all his troubles.
    The angel of the LORD encamps
        around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
        Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
    Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
        for those who fear him have no lack!
    The young lions suffer want and hunger;
        but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
    Come, O children, listen to me;
        I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
    What man is there who desires life
        and loves many days, that he may see good?
    Keep your tongue from evil
        and your lips from speaking deceit.
    Turn away from evil and do good;
        seek peace and pursue it.
    The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
        and his ears toward their cry.
    The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
        to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
    When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
        and delivers them out of all their troubles.
    The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
        and saves the crushed in spirit.
    Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
        but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
    He keeps all his bones;
        not one of them is broken.
    Affliction will slay the wicked,
        and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
    The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
        none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

(Psalm 34 ESV)

Something to Consider

Psalm 34 (a prayer): Father, may I constantly praise Your name as I continually count Your blessings on a daily basis. I recognize that all that I have is Yours and has been given to me freely by You. Help me to walk in humility and only boast about You and Your goodness rather than ever assuming I’ve done anything worthy of Your grace. May Your people glorify Your name and magnify Your majesty over all of Your creation. 

Father, thank You that You hear my prayers and deliver me from the fears and anxiety’s that are certain in this life. Help me to remain confident in Your provision and trust that You always offer protection for Your people. You surround us with Your army of angels, and our ultimate deliverance and victory is guaranteed. 
Father, I ask that I may experience more of Your goodness and glory in order that I may rest even more assured of Your presence and power with me. Please grant me understanding of what it means to fear You as Your child. Help me to do what is right and what is good with a pure heart that simply seeks to honor You as the loving Father that you are. May the words of my mouth remain clean and blameless always seeking to offer encouragement rather than deception. And may I pursue peace with everyone avoiding temptation to ever return any evil for the evil shown towards me. 

Father, I know that You are present with me at all times and in all places, and therefore, I ask that You would help me to walk in righteousness and dependence upon Your strength and salvation. The world seeks the destruction of Your people, but You preserve us as a people for Your glory. Those who hate Your people will be condemned, and those who suffer for Your name will be redeemed. Thank You for the great hope that there is now no condemnation for Your people who have entrusted their lives to Christ our Savior. Keep us assured of Your great love Father. And may Your people forever praise Your great and matchless name. Amen.