Covenant is a solemn promise, an oath. It had responsibilities/terms, promises/blessings/privileges and consequences/curses - words which were often spoken out or written down.The most powerful of covenant is the blood covenant. The blood covenant ceremony was to announce the 'terms' or words of the covenant, and then to ratify/seal the covenant. It is ratified (comes into effect) and is sealed with blood - meaning life for life. This covenant is backed up by your life and any violation of this covenant will cost life. The one making a blood covenant does so at the expense of life.
Redemption deals with our rescue and restoration from the Fall – delivering us
from sin, satan and death.
We are redeemed from sin’s power, from the empty way of living handed down to us and the curse of the law. This way we have the right standing with God to be sons and daughters, to be kings and priests into a covenant of blessing.
The blood of the Passover Lamb provided protection from the destroyer. The blood of the Passover Lamb led to their deliverance and freedom from slavery.
In the Old Testament, a lamb without blemish was often used as sin offering, for a trespass or guilt offering, for a burnt offering, and for a peace offering. Jesus was God’s Lamb for the sins of the whole world. His blood had to be shed if He was to become the Substitute for all of mankind. Once for all He became the complete offering for sin.
The shedding of blood provided a covering for sin through an acceptable sacrifice. The shedding of blood made a covenant with God possible when He established a covenant with Abram with blood. It made possible complete protection from the destroyer. The blood consecrates or sanctifies unto the Lord. The shedding of blood made complete atonement and removing of sin possible.
This Psalm talks about a Father who forgives, heals, redeems, blesses us with His lovingkindness and mercies, satisfies us with good things, renews our youth, executes righteousness and justice. He is unchanging and sovereign.
This is a Psalm of protection, immunity, deliverance and longevity. In this life, we need to practice a 3-fold posture of life - Relationship, declaration and boldness.
This Psalm is an encouragement to the righteous to keep trusting, delighting, waiting, walking and resting in the Lord. Do not fret, instead trust, delight, commit, rest and wait.
Who is this Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating at Christmas? While the Bible has a lot to say about Jesus Christ, we will consider three aspects of His Person, that are relevant to us this Christmas season - Creator, Redeemer and Friend
Resting in the Lord is an intentional choice. Rest in the Lord, in order to quite yourself before God and refrain from activity, choosing to be with Him. Rest in the Him, in the midst of confusion, turmoil, noise, tumult around you, like Jesus sleeping in the middle of a storm. Rest in the Lord, instead of retaliating, fighting back, trying to defend yourself, when accusations, insults, are thrown at you.