Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

Today’s Bible reading* has a brief sentence that echoes something we saw a few weeks ago: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.Proverbs 21:3 (CSB) Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying…

Benefits of the Fear of the Lord

Twice in today’s Bible reading* are statements concerning the fear of the Lord. This is a common theme in the Book of Proverbs. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD prolongs life,but the years of the wicked are…

Burdened by God’s Word

I saw something in today’s Bible reading* that I’ve never seen before. Not only does the psalmist love God’s Word. He is also burdened with the fact that people don’t follow it. He has just said, “How sweet your word is to my taste— sweeter than honey in my mouth.” Psalm 119:103 (CSB) Then in…

Giving Thanks to God

Today’s Bible reading* records the psalmists praising and giving thanks to God. In their worship, the Psalmists recognize God’s absolute sovereignty over all things. They thank God for creation, people, God’s faithfulness, His grace and compassion, His redemption of His people, His everlasting steadfast love, the fact that God hears and cares for His people,…