Getting Gauged?

Am I getting my ears gauged?  I don’t think so.  Even if I was 18 again, it wouldn’t interest me.  But in Psalm 40, David writes about the significance of getting one’s ears pierced in the Old Testament.

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced
How many times did David hear the story about Samuel confronting Saul and telling him “To obey is better than sacrifice”(I Sam. 15:22)?  I bet he heard that story a thousand times.  It became a part of who David was.

David also knew the law of Moses:

Exodus 21: 2,5&6

“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.

“But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’  then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

Ouch!  A servant who gladly gave up his right to freedom was marked for life.  I never put much thought into David saying that God had pierced his ears before.  Now, it’s taken on a whole new meaning for me.

I get the sense that a lot of Christians read  “To obey is better than sacrifice” and think:  “Hmm, God doesn’t need me to sacrifice anything if I just obey Him”.  That completely misses the point.

David gave it all to God, willingly – in obedience.  It wasn’t a sacrifice anymore for him.  Do you feel like you have to make sacrifices for God?  Or does it not feel like sacrificing anymore?

I won’t physically be getting my ears gauged anytime soon.  But spiritually, I’ve told God to put my ear to the doorpost.

I’m marked for life.

reposted from March 2010

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