“I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.” Psalms 119:125
Recently I have been reading a book about the kidnapping of Mary Draper Ingles by the Shawnee tribe in the mid 1700’s. She escaped and traveled back home on foot for over 500 miles. Her time in captivity was terrifying. As I read about her ordeal and hardships I couldn’t help but see her resolve to NOT be a servant to those who had killed her loved ones and friends. She bided her time and when the moment was right, she got out.
Mary Ingles never submitted to those that took her away from her home, took her children and kept her captive. And I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t have wanted to place myself in their care on purpose either. She had a resolve in her mind that drove her to cover all those treacherous miles in order to get back home.
If you haven’t read her story, let me encourage you to put it on your list.
As I read today’s verse I immediately thought of Mary Ingles’ story and how she fled from the enemy. I thought of how she turned and ran. That is exactly how I picture the psalmist as we find him WILLINGLY stating that he is God’s servant. He opens the verse by saying he is God’s servant. That means God is his Master. He has purposefully turned his back on the enemy and made a choice to flee from the devil and place himself into the servitude of God.
He has made his position clear and now instead of asking God to simply teach him, he also asks for understanding. He wants more of God. There is a longing here that I wish we all had, all the time. Revival could very well break out if we ever found this desire in our hearts for learning and understanding the things of God.
But we must first chose to become His servants.
We can only serve one master.
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:13
Who are you serving today?
Are you serving the one who wants to destroy you, your family and everything good in this world?
Are you serving the One who loved you so much He died and rose again for you so you could spend eternity with Him?
You are purposefully choosing your master each and every day. Choose wisely for the sake of those you lead in your home, family and ministry. Seek the Lord, follow Him and ask Him to let you become acquainted with Him through His Word. He won’t leave you hanging!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,