I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors. Guarantee Your servants well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me. My eyes grow weary [looking for] Your salvation and for Your righteous promise. Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know Your decrees. It is time for the Lord to act, [for] they have broken Your law. Since I love Your commandments more than gold, even the purest gold, I carefully follow all Your precepts and hate every false way (Psalm 119 vv. 121-128).
Most of us living in affluent America know little about servanthood. We expect excellent and efficient service from others and accept it as our due. It is so much more human to desire stardom than servanthood!
Three times in this passage, however, the psalmist—likely a person of honor and prestige in the community—professes his status as a lowly servant before God: “Guarantee Your servant’s well-being” (v. 122). “Deal with Your servant” (v. 124).”I am Your servant; give me understanding” (v. 125). He isn’t too proud to admit his need to be educated in the royal decrees or to seek divine wisdom for decision-making.
Ancient believers, overcome by the greatness of God and their own worthlessness, often prostrated themselves before the Lord in abject humility (Ps. 5:7). We do well to get on our knees once in awhile.
Yet Jesus, God incarnate, willingly left the glories of heaven to walk the dusty pathways of this earth. He owned no property, sought no public office, accumulated no possessions. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). He came to serve … and to die for my sins!
Such love compels me to fall on my face. “I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know your decrees” (v. 125).
Speak, Lord! Your servant is listening!