“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 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.” (Psalm 123:1-2)
In December 1941 Winston Churchill addressed the US congress, looking to secure public support for the Second World War. The US had entered the War due to the bombing on Pearl Harbor, but there was not much public support. Churchill came to get all the support he could.
We all know how it ended. The Allies won victory. In no small part because of the efforts of the US and English forces. But such efforts at asking someone for help, for support, for mercy, does not always go so well. Where do you look when there is a need for help? What if there were someone we could turn to and be sure we would find what we are looking for? The writer of Psalm 123 knew where to look. He looked to God.
The writer and his people were sick of their situation (vs. 3-4). They had enemies and they had had enough of their enemies. They needed help. They needed mercy. They looked to the Lord who could give it.
You and I have even better reason to look to the Lord, confident that we will find in him all the mercy we will ever need. God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, took the contempt and scorn from his enemies to the point of dying on the cross. Yet all along he looked to the Lord enthroned in the heavens. His resurrection proves that God provides all the mercy we will ever need. Like Jesus, may we always lift our eyes to the God over everything.
Question: Where do you look when you realize you need mercy from a better master?
Challenge: Look to the God who can give the mercy we all need.
Prayer: God, I confess you are enthroned in the heavens. Help me to look to you for the mercy I need.
Jeremy Meeks, Chapel Leader -- Chicago Cubs