Saturday, August 3, 2013
“The Servant of God”
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.
Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.
God qualifies His servants by a special divine fitness which suggests to us that man is naturally disqualified for divine service. It is only through God working on heart that are inclined to do His will.
Those whom God qualifies will also find themselves consecrated to doing the service of the Lord. That is why the Psalmist asks the Lord to turn his own eyes away from looking at worthless things (beholding vanity). As you fill yourself with the testimonies of God and His Law, sin will lose its attractiveness.
When God equips us for service, there are things which we are expected to exhibit.
Negatively, we will not be covetousness, which is the root of all evil according to I Timothy 6:10. Covetousness can be found in Achan’s sin in the book of Joshua, in Ahab’s murder of Naboth in II Kings, and in the deceitfulness of Ananias and Sapphira.
Positively, there is a devotion to God’s fear. To fear God is to revere Him and adopt that posture which befits His service. Devotion to that fear saves us from sinning against God, and stimulates us to His service. Let us desire the equipping of the Lord to His service.