Congratualtions! We’re more than half way through the Bible this week. I hope you all are enjoying this experience as much as I am. This week we read Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. You know, the reading of Psalms and Proverbs marked the first time since I’ve being doing the 90 Day Challenge that I’ve felt I rushed through the passages. I don’t know about you but I wanted to savor Psalms; I didn’t do it though because I also wanted to stay on schedule. The upside is that I’m already planning out Bible Studies I want to do once the Challenge is completed. Thanks to Geigh for the heads-up on a possible sudy guide. If you have other suggestions, let me know.
You won’t be surprised to know that the scriptures that stayed with me the most this week were from Psalms. First, Psalms 50:13-14 (NLT):
I don’t need the bulls you sacrifice;
I don’t need the blood of goats.
What I want instead is your true thanks to God;
I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High.
Do you remember back in Leviticus and Deuteronomy when God gave all the laws and the rules for sacrifice. Well, it seems pleasing Him was not in the sacrifices themselves but in the obedience. That’s still true today. There’s no substitute for obedience. Keith Green wrote a song a long time ago, To Obey is Better than Sacrifice, that I loved. It’s beautiful, sad and encouraging all at the same time. There’s not much to add to the sentiment of the song or the scripture since the meaning is pretty clear. I’ll just say, Ouch!
Second, Psalms 116:15 (NLT):
The LORD’s loved ones are precious to him; it grieves him when they die.
Then, there is the Kings James version of that same verse:
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
You know the notion of God grieving at the death of one of His loved ones is a new thought to me so the New Living Translation (NLT) was interesting to read. It certainly sheds a new light on how God looks at the death of His people. I can see Him thinking of it as “precious” like the KJV uses, but to think of Him grieving puts the matter in a whole new light. I wonder why the NLT translators chose the phraseology they did. If you know, please let us in on it by posting a comment to the post.
The NLT version suggests to me a value that God places on the time that we live here on earth that I had not really considered much before. Sure, our time here is getting us ready for eternity and eternity is much longer than the time we’ll spend here, but yet this time is valuable and precious to the Lord. So it should be valuable and precious to us. I’m going to have to ponder on this during the upcoming week. Let me know what you think.
Have a great week.