Steve & I are reading through the Bible chronologically this year. The most recent readings are from the first few chapters of Leviticus. They talk about the different sacrifices that the people had to make back then (for peace offerings, sin offerings, etc.). While it can be challenging at times to read these types of passages, they always remind me how incredibly blessed we are to no longer be bound by the old covenant, by those regulations.
We have an amazing, loving Savior who died in our place and took OUR sins upon Himself. We don’t have to transfer all of our ugliness to an animal for atonement…because He has already paid the price. Hebrews 12:1-3 reminds me to live in that truth.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Whenever I feel weary, worship music has a way of stirring my heart. The last few weeks we’ve been singing a song in church called “Defender.” It has been my absolute favorite since we moved to Athens. The song is so encouraging & enriching. It has a somewhat haunting melody…but there is something about the song that is so moving. I hope it restores you in the same what that it restores me 🙂
Here’s a link to the song:
Defender (Call Upon the Name)
Words and Music by: Travis Doucette
He is near to the broken
Close to the weary of heart
In His name is a refuge
A safety for the weak and discarded
There is help for the hopeless
For the wounded in need
In the presence of Jesus
There is power unleashed
Call upon the name of the Lord
He’s our defender, our deliverer
A shelter in the midst of the storm
Jesus, our Savior
He is King over all
I will sing of my Redeemer
Testify to the touch of His hand
Lifted me from disaster
Set my feet on a solid rock to stand
God is our refuge, our strength and salvation
A mighty fortress is the Lord Almighty!
There is no equal, no power beside Him
Forever our champion is the Lord our God!