It's the first day of Summer! Woohoo! (of course this has to do with meteorological summerness, not when the heat actually began) It's the longest daylight day of the year. This gives you more time to play outside or time to take your Bible out on the back deck and read Proverbs 21 if you haven't yet today.
Today I chose verse 3
To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.
God actually said this (or something similar) on more than one occasion in scripture. He told Saul through Samuel "to obey is better than sacrifice." Read the story here if you aren't familiar with it
Here is what God said through the prophet Micah (chapter 6)
6 With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? 7 Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
You can see what I wrote about these verses here Blog post from January 2010 - Micah 6:8
Well, there you go. After seeing the two passages this verse reminds me of I've let scripture be it's own interpreter - which is always best anyway.
Other verses from Proverbs 21