to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice
August 01, 2019 – Thursday
Psalm 119:105-112 NIV
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow Your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to Your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me Your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget Your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from Your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
The letter nun is the fourteenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet and represents the number fifty. This much all the writers on nun agree upon. However, the writing or printing of nun has many variations. The one I liked best is found here and provides a Messianic interpretation of what the letter is about. If you go to the interlinear bible, it will show each verse from 105-112 begins with the letter nun as well as showing the first word in 110 begins and ends with nun. Note that nun at the end of a word has a different look as it is one of the five letters that do so, this is shown and discussed beginning at 23 seconds into the recommended video. Script writing of nun is shown here and a short look at the final nun is shown here. More background on nun may be found here along with much from non-scriptural sources.
Going now to our eight verses for today, the first verse (105) simply jumps out at me with much application to Jesus. Read the verse again and then consider these verses from John 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The second verse has (106) David following the path illuminated by God’s righteous laws (word). Next David asks in his sufferings (107) not for anything outside of God’s word, but for his life to be preserved according to Your word. Appreciation (108) results in David’s praise of God’s laws. Even when his life is in danger or at risk (109) David will not forget God’s law. As a result even when (110) the wicked set a snare for him, David does not stray from God’s precepts.
The last two verses (111-112) tell us of David’s love for God’s word as his heart is mentioned in both verses. The first is how the word brings joy to his heart and the next is how his heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
We know the word made flesh as our Savior.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
The question for us (me) is can I love Jesus, the Word made flesh, as much as David loved God’s word? Frankly, I doubt it, but I can and do try. I am thankful for David’s example.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)