Psalm 123

Psalm 123 is another psalm that was sang as God’s people traveled to the temple to worship.  They expressed their faith as they made their way to the community of others who would join with them at the festivals.  “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens”!  There are fourteen of these psalms of ascent that seem to suggest a journey from far away in the midst of distress as they head to the temple for time with God.  They are looking forward to getting into the safe keeping of the Father.  Thus they have their eyes fixed on Him, the only source of their protection and care.

This psalm is all about trusting God.  The people are facing constant attack and persecution from their enemies, so they have learned to keep their eyes on the One who can keep them safe.  “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us”.  The focus of this psalm is on the eyes and keeping them focused on God who is King.  The psalmist talks about how we should keep our eyes on God, as a servant or maidservant watching their master.

That means we are focused on the provision that is provided.  The master and mistress both provided for the slave and maidservant.  IN the same way, God provides for us.  We need eyes wide open focused on the skies in anticipation of God’s provision.  Prayer is our tool to seek God’s hand, and we much keep looking toward Him to receive His love and blessing and protection.  Not because we are worthy though.  “Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt”.  God’s response is not based on our being worthy, but on His love and mercy.

Mercy is about God not giving us what we really deserve.  We are sinners doomed for destruction and death.  The outcome of our pathetic lives should be eternity apart from a holy God who has set a standard that we cannot reach.  If not for God’s grace, we’d all spend the rest of time apart from the God who loves us, not because He lacks love, but because He is godly and righteous and just and we are none of the above.  That’s why Jesus had to come to earth and go to the cross.  God’s mercy allows for Jesus’ grace to save us from our sin and overcome the contempt that would send us away forever!

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