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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 123:2


Psalm 123:2

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.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

A man went to a photographer to have his picture taken. He was very upset with the photographer and very upset with the picture. He said, “Look at this picture of me! This picture does not do me justice!” The photographer looked at him, then looked at the picture and said, “Mister, with a face like yours, you don’t need justice, you need mercy!”

This is the situation in which the psalmist finds himself in Psalm 123. He doesn’t need justice, but he needs a whole lot of mercy. In the face of scorn and contempt, his soul is not downcast. Rather, in verse 2 he says that “our eyes will look to the Lord our God.” Where do you turn when life goes south, when your world comes crumbling down? The psalmist says, “Don’t look down, look up. Look to God.” He is our Source of strength in time of need. He is our Great Provider. As servants look to the hand of their master and maidservants to their mistress, so we can look to God to provide our every need. Scripture says He is “rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, and we can trust Him, for He is good!

In 2 Chronicles 20:12, King Jehoshaphat prayed, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” Today, if your soul is weary and troubled…if your sky is dark and pours the rain…come to Jesus and live! Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. Will you look to Him today?

Further Reading: 3 John 17-23; 2 Corinthians 9:8

Pray with me:

Great God, in You I live and move and have my being. I confess that I often don’t know what to do, but this day I am trusting You completely. Today, my eyes are on You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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