to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice
August 05, 2019 – Monday
Psalm 119:121-128 NIV
121 I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure Your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, looking for Your salvation, looking for Your righteous promise.
124 Deal with Your servant according to Your love and teach me Your decrees.
125 I am Your servant; give me discernment that I may understand Your statutes.
126 It is time for You to act, Lord; Your law is being broken.
127 Because I love Your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all Your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.
Today we cover the sixteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet ayin which represents the number seventy. In script it looks like a fish drawn standing on its head as shown here. However the manual print of the letter looks somewhat like a crushed down lazy English Y as you may see here. The spelling of the word ayin in Hebrew means eye primarily but may also mean a spring of water as found in the desert as explained in this video. More background on the letter ayin may be found here, but take what is described as advanced information with a grain of salt as much of it is traditional or allegorical.
David as king makes the statement (121) he not only does what is righteous, but what is just. This at a time when many kings did not care about either, but for David they were tied together. Nonetheless, he asks for Gods protection here and in the next verse (122) from those who are arrogant and by implication do not care for a king who is righteous and just. They simply want what they want from the king’s favors.
David wearies (123) seeking and yearning for God’s salvation from his oppressors, hoping God’s decrees (124) and understanding (125) of His statues would provide the guidance he needs. His need is urgent (126) as he asks the Lord to act now.
Whether God acts now or not David wants God to know how great (127) his love for God’s commands are especially when he compares this love to how he feels about (128) those who are oppressing him and taking every wrong path.
So we start out our week with the question of how great is our love for God who had such love an mercy for us that He gave His only begotten Son so that we might be forgiven for all of our sins? Do we love Him enough to hate the idea of taking any (every) wrong path? Do we?
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)