to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice
July 10, 2019 – Tuesday
Psalm 103:17-20 NIV
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children 18 with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts. 19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word.
This Psalm has the simple title A Psalm of David as many of them do. However, Charles Spurgeon thinks this Psalm is special among the many that he loves. His praise for this Psalm reads in part as follows from here
[David’s] clear sense of the frailty of life indicates his weaker years, as also does the very fainess of his praiseful gratitude. As in the lofty Alps some peaks rise above all others so among even the inspired Psalms there are heights of song which overtop the rest. This one hundred and third Psalm has ever seemed to us to be the Monte Rosa of the divine chain of mountains of praise, glowing with a ruddier light than any of the rest.
I share this with you in the hope it might encourage you to read the entire Psalm to see what it is that so impressed Spurgeon.
Our verses today come from the end of the second part of the Psalm where David magnifies the attributes of Jehovah as displayed in his dealings with his people and then in verse 20 we have the beginning of the third and last part of the Psalm where David closes by calling upon all the creatures in the universe to adore the Lord and join with himself in blessing Jehovah, the ever gracious.(italicized indicates remarks made by Spurgeon)
Verse 17 tells us God’s love is eternal first calling it everlasting to everlasting and then noting the love continues to the children’s children of those who fear Him and (continuing into verse 18) keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts. The key of course is obeying His precepts or commandments. Verse 19 is a simple statement of fact that though God’s throne is in heaven, His kingdom rules over all.
In our last verse for today, David says even angels should be praising the Lord. All of them should do so, but David specifies God’s angels – the mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word, acknowledging this does not include all angels.
Not everyone will fear God and seek His righteousness – not all men nor all of the angels. Even with God loving us so much that He had His Son pay the price for our sins on the cross at calvary. Not all men will accept His free Gift of Grace, instead they will choose an eternity separated from God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They will be without excuse.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)