Seek Your Servant
I have gone astray like a lost
sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments (Ps 119:176).
A lost sheep who
prays to the Lord to seek him; who calls himself the Lord’s servant; who does
not forget God’s commandments. This is certainly not your typical lost sheep. Don’t
we apply the label “lost sheep” only on someone who has no more desire for God
and has given up on being a believer?
Psalm 119 is a psalm that extols God’s law. It’s apparent from reading the whole
psalm that the psalmist views God’s law as his very own life. He seeks,
delights in, meditates on, loves, and clings to God’s law. Could a believer be
any closer to God than him? Yet this psalmist, who has dedicated his whole
heart to God, has gone astray like a lost sheep.
Haven’t we all been lost
sheep at one point or another?
Lost. At some crossroads
in life. In the pressures to conform. In the fear that His grace might no
longer be sufficient.
It is not that we
have forgotten God’s commandments. In fact, we have tried with the utmost
effort to stay true to God’s word. However, in our weakness, our souls go
astray like a lost sheep. We cannot see our Shepherd nor hear His voice. Everything
we have come to learn and know about God has become but a mere concept, and we
are not able to find comfort and strength in His words.
The psalmist realizes
that knowledge of God’s commandments and his own striving are not enough to
carry him through. He calls upon the LORD to seek him on the basis that he has
not forgotten His commandments (vs. 176). Just as he has not forgotten God, he
asks God to not forget him.
When we have gone
astray in the ups and downs of life, and we cannot find our way back to God
despite all our effort to remain true to Him, it is time to pray to our Shepherd.
He will seek us, find us, and bring us back because we are His.
Recall a time when you have gone
astray and the Lord sought you.