In connection with the offerings God prescribed under the Levitical code we find the instruction. . .
“(20) You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.” (Leviticus 22:20 ESV)
“Acceptable.” The Hebrew word is “ratsown” or “ratson”, a word defined as “pleasure, delight, favour, goodwill, acceptance, will.” [source: Strong’s Lexicon] Anything other than what God specifically requested would not have pleased, delighted, or found favor with Him. It simply would not have been acceptable. Sadly, however, there were times when the quality of the offerings was very much lacking. (i.e. Malachi 1:7-8) What was being offered at the time of Malachi was exactly what the Levitical code prohibited (Leviticus 22:22) and was therefore unacceptable to God!
As David ended his nineteenth psalm, he prayed. . .
“(14) L“(14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartbe acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 ESV)
“Acceptable.” Here David used the same sacrificial language as in Leviticus. As David sought God’s help to refrain from presumptuous sins and to be blameless and innocent of great transgression (Psalm 19:13), he knew that guarding began within.
As we are beginning this New Year, the sentiment of the psalmist’s prayer would be a good place to begin as we seek to offer our life to God as an acceptable offering. Our holiness begins within. It is from the meditations of our heart that our words arise and our actions unfold. May we experience the blessing of life lived with the utmost desire to be pleasing to God as we offer the life He has given us back to Him as an acceptable offering!
Have a great day BEGINNING WITH OUR HEART AND REMAINING MINDFUL OF OUR MOUTH!Have a great day BEGINNING WITH OUR HEART AND REMAINING MINDFUL OF OUR MOUTH!