Friday, July 29, 2011

August 23, 2011 (1 Samuel 15; Romans 13; Jeremiah 52; Psalm 31)

1 Samuel 15:22 deserves to be memorized today if you do not have it already.

“Has the Lord as great delight in burn offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”
This is a drum we beat often and rightly so. When will we understand that even the best forms of sacrifice (see 1 Cor.13:1-3) without obedience working through love gains us nothing? Ritualistic observance to external expectations and commands is not what the Lord is after. He wants internal passion for Him fueling the outward actions of piety in such a way that others are blessed and He is honored. Let us be diligent in praying for God to make our worship (corporate and private) to mirror this attitude! 

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