Unto You I lift-up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us. Psalm 123 NKJV
The psalmist expresses his confidence in God. He prays for Israel’s deliverance from those with contempt for them.
I woke up to a new world this morning. I felt refreshed and renewed. The burden of struggling through a time of trial and trauma was lifted from my soul. I looked to the Lord. Jesus had mercy on me!
My circumstances did not change. My perspective did. I stopped trying to figure out and fix people, places and things. I remembered there is a God who dwells in the heavens.
God searches the hearts and minds of men and women. He gives grace to the humble in spirit. He opposes people who are proud and arrogant. People who seek Jesus find Him. People who call out to Jesus for mercy receive the grace to overcome!
Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud. Vs 3-4
The Psalms are filled with prayers for protection against enemies and ungodly people. We should always pray when we are afflicted and oppressed. It is the most effective action we can take.
The psalmist seems more concerned with the character and behavior of ungodly people than the character and goodness of God!
The Lord delivered me from a season of trial and trauma. I went into it with my eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. My attention shifted to the character and behavior of ungodly people. I should have focused on the character and goodness of God!
The people in the bible were just like us. They were not spiritual superstars. They made mistakes. They failed. They sinned. God holds them up as examples of the great and mighty things he can accomplish in the lives of ordinary people like me and you!
Maybe you are struggling through a time of hardship. Look up!
There is a God in the heavens. His heart is full of compassion and mercy for you!
Keep your eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. His eyes are always on you!
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