to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice
August 09, 2019 – Friday
Psalm 119:153-160 NIV
153 Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten Your law.
154 Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to Your promise.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out Your decrees.
156 Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to Your laws.
157 Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from Your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey Your word.
159 See how I love Your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with Your love.
160 All Your words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal.
Resh is the twentieth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents the number two hundred. Unlike a number of other Hebrew letters resh has only two spellings – reshand reish. Want to learn how to manually , here is a video for you: print the letter resh. Want to learn the cursive resh? Here is another video for you. Yesterday discovered a song for eight verses beginning with kof, today we have a song for our eight verses above as well titled Your Salvation is Far From the Wicked again from the third verse.
Let us now look at our eight verses today. As I read through them one thing jumped out at me – the ending of each verse is very similar in the first seven with only the eighth differing. However, there is a significant difference in the seventh as well. Take look.
… Your law
… Your promise
… Your decrees
… Your laws
… Your statutes
… Your word
… Your love
… Your righteous laws are eternal
The first six have to do with God’s law, promise, decrees, laws, statutes, word, and then we read of His love before concluding His laws are eternal!
Now let’s look at the beginning of each verse
.… David’s suffering and deliverance
… David’s cause and redemption
… Salvation is far from the wicked and by implication near David
… God’s great compassion
… David’s foes persecute him
… David looks on the faithless with loathing and by implication David is faithful
… David loves God’s precepts
… David acknowledges all of God’s words are true
The first four are of David’s deliverance, redemption, and salvation because of God’s compassion. The next two are about David’s foes who persecute him and do not follow God’s word because they find His word loathsome. The seventh one begins with David’s love of God’s precepts and as noted earlier ends with God’s love. Finally, in the last verse we have All Your words are true thus it is not surprise it end with Your righteous laws are eternal.
Perhaps we can go to church this weekend loving God’s word, knowing He loves each and every one of us. In the process we can acknowledge the truth of God’s eternal word.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)