Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Psalm 123 Look Up when Things Are Looking Down

KEY TEXT: Ps 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.

KEY THOT: The psalmist exhorts us to look to the Lord for mercy when we are facing adversities in life because our relationship with God is unequal: He is enthroned in the heavens, and we are his servants on earth. While it’s true that Jesus treat us as friends rather than as servants, it doesn’t change our position vis-à-vis the Father who sits on the throne. God on the throne means He is in control and nothing happens on earth that he is unaware of. Jesus tells us that the Father is even concerned about the death of sparrows: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matt 10:29). So, we should look to the Lord and not be anxious when adversities come upon us: “Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt 10:31-32).

God is enthroned in heavens and we should always seek His mercy in times of need: whether it is for spiritual, mental, emotional or physical needs. When I am tried and tempted by circumstances, my first response should not be panic but prayer. And God will provide a way of escape from the trials.

Every time things are looking down for me, it means it is time for me to look up. God is enthroned in heavens and He will ensure that I will never be short-changed. But I must seek first His kingdom and his righteousness so that “all these things will be added” to me (Mt 6:33).

Father, You are good and merciful to Your people. Even in times of great crises, and in life-threatening situations, we know that You are with us. Thank You that You are in control and nothing escapes Your attention. Amen.

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