“To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice” – Christian Song

This video clip of Keith Green‘s To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice includes lyrics.  The song was originally written and released in the 1970’s.

The song is based upon Saul’s half-hearted obedience to the Lord.  The title comes from Samuel’s chastisement of Saul in 1 Samuel 15:22.

Its most memorable lyrics to me have always been

To obey is better than sacrifice

I want more than Sundays and Wednesday nights

‘Cause if you can’t come to Me every day

Then don’t bother coming at all.

The music is haunting and such lyrics were always a stern challenge to me when I was involved in church work.  Once I finally realized that the devotion the Lord was looking for indeed exceeded Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, I forsook the church work that I might serve Him (Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is).


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