The Profound Emphasis on “Thy Servant” in Psalm 119

December 29, 2019

Reading through Psalm 119 tonight, I was challenged by what the most frequent self-designation that the Psalmist uses to speak of himself is in the Psalm—13 times he speaks of himself as God’s servant!

Ps. 119:17 GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
Ps. 119:23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
Ps. 119:38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
Ps. 119:49 ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
Ps. 119:65 TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
Ps. 119:76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Ps. 119:84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
Ps. 119:122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
Ps. 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
Ps. 119:125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
Ps. 119:135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
Ps. 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Ps. 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

This is a profound emphasis and challenges us to come to God’s Word especially with the mindset of being His servants!

Rajesh

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