Servant to a Beloved Master

 from Linda Lindsay

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Psalm 40:6

“But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.” Exodus 21:5-6

Hebrew slaves served their masters for six years but were eligible to be set free in the seventh year. The slave, however, could choose to stay with his master. The slave’s ear would then be pierced with an awl indicating his status of lifelong service in the master’s house. To eschew one’s freedom, to deliberately choose a lifetime of servanthood, indicates a loving and merciful relationship with the slave master. And so it is in our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! We willingly choose a lifetime serving Christ who has set us free from sin and death.

Servanthood involves obediently carrying out the Master’s will. Sometimes servants are instructed to act; sometimes they stand and wait. We usually think of waiting as a passive exercise, but David, in Psalm 40, waits on God by actively rehearsing God’s goodness. David waits patiently, all the while proclaiming God’s faithfulness, righteousness, mercy, protection, help, and deliverance.

As David proclaimed, and as saints throughout the ages give witness to, we serve a mighty God! God lifts us out of the muck, mire, and the slimy pit. He sets out feet on the firm, solid Rock of Jesus Christ. God gives us a new song of hope and praise to sing. God showers us with love and truth. We are protected by the great Protector. Nothing can snatch us out of His hand. Servants learn to wait. Everyone is waiting for something. So, wait well!