22 Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices. As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB)
When my son was about 5 years old we had a Revival team visit our church in Tulsa for about three weeks. Each evening the adults would go to the auditorium while all of the children were in the gym or class rooms….
The team had two or three teenagers who took care of the children by age group. Over those three weeks my soon started singing a new song almost constantly. It was a song called “O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E.” He would sing this song over and over. It was during this time that we bought him his own tape player and several “Psalty” tapes. However, no matter how much he loved Psalty and those songs, he would default to the “Obedience” song most of the time.
We must admit that we are all guilty of rebellion against God’s sovereignty, His will, and His commandments. Obedience is something we tend to give lip service to, but in reality, we give in to our own special interests. All through the book of Jeremiah, God tells the Judeans, through His Prophet, to repent by turning from their idolatry to Him. He was calling them to obey their part of the Covenant.