Psalm 123:1 A Song of Ascents. Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. 2 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. 3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. The New King James Version. 1982 (Ps 123:1-3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
At times we need to stop and consider where our focus is directed. I have noticed in driving my car if my focus gets off to the left or right and stays there long enough my car will begin to drift in the direction of my focus. I think it is good for us daily to realign our focus on what really matters. I love the song “Jesus be my center” when I live my life with Jesus at the center. I can be a better father, husband, worker and Christian, if however I put my focus on either one I wind up lacking in the other three.
We were created by God for his pleasure, it amazes me sometime when I consider how little without his help we bring to the relationship with Him. Yet at times it seems like so much to me until I regain the center and put my focus on He who dwells in the heavens. In this Psalm David is being attacked by those who despise and have contempt for him. I think it very interesting instead of attacking his accusers he turns his focus on his God for His mercy.
Stop and ask yourself today where is your focus and if you discover it is on your problems, your accomplishments or yourself. Take some time to meditate on Psalm 123:1-3 and re-focus the eyes of your heart on the lover of your soul the Lord our God who dwells in the heavens and also in our hearts.
(Heb. chanan) (102:14; 123:2; Ex. 33:19; Is. 26:10) Strong’s #2603: This term signifies an act of graciousness to someone in need, from a person of superior rank or circumstance. The writers of wisdom literature frequently commend showing mercy to the needy (112:5; Prov. 14:21, 31; 28:8). But most of the references to mercy in the Bible have to God as the direct agent of mercy. The Scripture records God’s mercy being sought on numerous occasions, often using the phrase familiar from the psalms of lament, “Have mercy on me” (4:1; 6:2; 25:16; 51:1; 86:16). God shows His graciousness in many ways, including the prevention of harm, the bestowal of family and possessions, and the communication of divine law (119:29, 124; Gen. 33:5, 11; 2 Kin. 13:23).
Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1997). The Nelson study Bible : New King James Version. Includes index. (Ps 123:1). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.
God bless you today!