Proverbs 21:3 Dissected & Defined
To do justice (act right) and judgment (think right) is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice (an offering for worship).
Justice Judgment and Sacrifice
When something is done right, we say we did that which is “just.” When something is done wrong, we wait for it to be “righted.” That is to say, justice has been served! Justice is simply to act right, or to make right what was wrong.
Judgment is to think right. To exercise proper judgment, we must meditate on the right things. We can then come to the right conclusions. Solomon is telling us that acting right and thinking right is more important than sacrificing right.
A sacrifice is an offering for worship. There are many ways that someone can make sacrifices. We can sacrifice our time, our energies, our talents, and our financial resources in order to meet needs. If we are doing this for the Lord, then these sacrifices are an offering of worship to God.
God is pleased when we sacrifice any resource that He has entrusted to us. However, He is “more” pleased with justice than generosity. He is “more” content with our judgment than with our benevolence.
I guess, then, by definition, you could consider right thoughts and right actions to be a “more excellent” sacrifice to the Lord.
Worshipping God with Justice Judgment and Sacrifice
I know how to worship God with my time. I attend church regularly and walk with Him every day. I know how to worship Him with my energies. I give great amounts of my strength to the weak of this world. I know how to worship God with my resources. I give a significant percentage of my income to my church and its ministries. However, if I don’t act right and think right, then it is “less” acceptable to God than it could have been. Right is “more” acceptable.
I am obligated to worship God through my sacrifices. But, to overlook my obligation to be “more” acceptable will leave me in need of God’s justice and judgment.