Love Songs for Servants

Week 4: Servants Who Are Served

Already last week, there was a not-so-subtle shift in the tone of the Servant Songs as we recognized the importance of faithfulness when we become discouraged servants.  This week we begin to understand why the first Christians saw Jesus as the fulfillment of the Servant Songs, that these are songs that tell his story and reflect his loving service to us.


This week’s song sings Jesus’ faithfulness as God’s servant.  Jesus is a teacher, sustaining the weary.  However, he knows what to speak because he has first listened himself.  The Latin root of the word obedience is listen.  Jesus’ listening to God and his subsequent doing are one and the same.  He does not turn away from his loving service even when he is persecuted.  His faithfulness and his trust in God’s love are also one and the same.  We are the servants who are served by this listening, faithful Servant Jesus.


The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
    the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
    wakens my ear
    to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious,
    I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
    and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
    from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;

therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,

and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.        

 — Isaiah 50:4-7

  • Invitations:

    • As you read this week’s scripture, what especially speaks to you? 
      What challenges you?
    • This week’s scripture is only a couple of verses of this song. 
      If you would like to read the whole song, it is Isaiah 50:4-11.
    • What are the words you need to hear when you are weary? 
      What and who sustain your when life is hard?
    • How do you listen to God, remembering that listening is also doing?
    • Reflect on Jesus as the one who serves YOU.
    • From this passage, what do you discover about:
      • God’s love for you and how you might love God in return?
      • Your love for your neighbor and how your neighbor might love you?
      • Your love for yourself?

  • Prayer:


    Thank you that you sustain me when life is hard, and I am weary.

    Thank you that you serve me as I seek to imitate you by serving others.  Amen.