When you read the Bible a lot, there is a temptation to think that you know it all, that you’ve got it all together, and maybe even that you don’t need to read it as much because you’ve already read it so much. But that’s not what David says in Psalm 119. I’m amazed and humbled by the very last verse of the longest Psalm and you should be too.
After David has waxed eloquent about loving, knowing, practicing, being renewed by, and living out God’s laws, scriptures, words, and precepts, here’s what he says, “I have wandered about like a lost sheep; search for Your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.” (Psalm 119:176).
Shouldn’t David have it together by now, after 175 verses shouting praises of God’s Word? Thankfully, he doesn’t, and we don’t either. We are all sinners who need God to search us out in order to be His servants. Isaiah says that we are all like sheep who have gone astray and we turn others to their own way (Isaiah 53:6).
Isn’t that a humbling reminder? No matter how much we read the Bible (and we should read it a lot!) or how much we know about God, we will always need His help. Yes, we will grow in knowledge and faithfulness as He sanctifies us, but we will not reach some plateau where we no longer need to read our Bibles or ask God for help.
Let that encourage you to seek Him out today! Ask Him for help as you are pursuing holiness in your life. Ask Him for help as you read your Bible today. Ask Him for help in all of life. He will never run out of resources for you and you can always depend on Him. He is the great shepherd who takes care of His sheep (us!) and even laid down His life for them (John 10:11). So be a humble servant before Him.