Psalm 123:2-3 (MSG)
Like servants, alert to their master’s commands,
like a maiden attending her lady,
We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath,
awaiting your word of mercy.
Mercy, God, mercy!
“We are not presented with a functional god who will help us out of jams…We are presented with the God of exodus and Easter, the God of Sinai and Calvary. If we want to understand God, we must do it on his terms. If we want to see God the way he really is, we must look to the place of authority – to Scripture and to Jesus Christ.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction]
Servants could not lash out or defend themselves. They had one option – look to their masters to intervene and defend. This describes the servant heart we are to have – humble trust that places all hope exclusively in God.
The servant-master relationship was one of order – servants lived subject to the authority of masters. Reflect on your relationship with God – is it subject to the authority of Jesus Christ?
What areas of your life are you trying to control rather than looking to God with humble dependence and trust?
Today, let’s surrender control of these areas over to the Lord, asking God for his order to reign in our lives, and for help to humbly put off pride and put on trust by placing our hope in Him alone.