Most every morning, I have a routine. I roll around in my bed for a while, slowly open my eyes, and then stumble to the kitchen to turn the Keurig on. After attempting to put in my contacts and retrieving my warm mug of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Coffee, I snuggle back up in my bed for some slow-morning quiet time. I reach over for my phone and select the same song every morning – it’s from one of Austin Stone Worship’s instrumental albums, and it’s called “Behold My Servant.”
This morning, as I was listening to this song on repeat as I do each morning, I wondered what the significance of this practice might be. Then I took a moment to consider the title of this song and what it could mean for me as I begin my day.
I feel like this song comes from the perspective of God, looking down at me, declaring in the morning – Behold my servant! That’s me, I am his servant….but I wanted to dig in more.
So, as I am preparing this blog, I literally google the words “Behold my servant,” and Isaiah 42:1 appears:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
Isaiah 42:1, English Standard Version
And The Message translation reads:
He’s the one I chose, and I couldn’t be more pleased with him.
Wow. I can’t think of better truth to begin my day with each day. On repeat. Over and over again needing to believe and hear that I am God’s chosen one. Not only am I chosen, but he delights in me. He is pleased with me. And not only a bare-minimum kind of pleased either, Scripture says that He couldn’t be more pleased with me.
I mean, at this point in the day, I’ve usually been awake for 10-15 minutes, maybe, so I’m hopeful that I haven’t messed up too big yet, but dang, God, all I’ve done is breathe and make coffee – and this makes you more pleased with me?
Better than that, what about all the ways I messed up yesterday? All the people I hurt? All the ways I disobeyed you? All the things I did that I’m not proud of? You couldn’t be more pleased with me after all that nasty sin? Shouldn’t that leave you feeling disappointed? Regretful that you chose me? Any human who I sin against would definitely be feeling those ways I’m sure, but not God…
God has completely bathed me in his Spirit and the power of that Spirit now lives within me. I am his servant, whom he beholds and is pleased with beyond reason. You and I are his beloved. This is the kind of unconditional love I want to wash myself in each morning as I begin my day. This is the truth I want to play on repeat.