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How do we make sense of this world? Psalm 43:3 says we do it by the power of God's light and truth. These gifts of God lead us where we need to go - directly to God's altar.
It is at the altar of sacrifice that we realize God has made atonement for our sins. It is at the altar of sacrifice that we recognize our need for Jesus, the perfect substitute, dying in our place. It is at the altar of sacrifice that we can finally admit that we were unable to take care of our greatest problem, the problem of sin, and that we needed God in Christ to take care of it for us.
This light of God draws us through an increasingly dark world, a world of turmoil, a world which casts us down (verse 5). Instead of that turmoil, God in Christ gives us life and hope.He delivers us and provides a refuge.
This is exactly the hope we need. For this reason we give thanks and praise to God, who is able to deliver us from sin and death, and to provide us a place of safety and peace.
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