1 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
Until He has mercy on us.
3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!
For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is exceedingly filled
With the scorn of those who are at ease,
With the contempt of the proud.
Let’s look at the end of this Psalm to understand the beginning.
“For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud.” As if life is not hard enough on its own, there are those times when the contempt of the proud fills us and makes us miserable. It was not his own contempt, his own depression, that brought down this Psalmist but the contempt of others. When those around us think too highly of themselves they can attack us and make us feel weakened and in need of greater mercy.
During these episodes of life there is only one place to go. There is only one God who can make the difference. He is the God who dwells in the heavens. He is above all of this mess and all of these messy people. To Him we look.
Now look at the picture drawn for us here and learn from it. The eyes of a male slave look to his master. The eyes of a woman slave look to her mistress. If you were owned by a master, you were his or her slave, and in the process of life you had a need, to whom could you go to ask for help? If you asked another slave you would not be asking someone who could help. If you asked the master next door he or she would feel no compulsion to help you. But if you asked the one who owned you they would be the only ones from whom you would have any hope of help. This illustration is used to make it clear to us that there is only One place to go for help in time of our greatest need.
As a slave can only look to his or to her owner “so” our eyes can only look to our God for help in our time of need, especially when others look at us with contempt. We have a terrible habit of calling a friend as our first line of defense. When problems arise we tend to call someone else before going to the only One who can make a difference. Let’s change that habit and begin a new habit of crying out to God first and begging Him for His mercy to be poured out upon us. For when God pours out His mercy upon us we are helped indeed.
I hope you understood and enjoyed the point of yesterday’s message. When God is carrying us, which He is all the time, we are at peace. Security results from trusting Him to be our Keeper. Psalm 121 is a beautiful parallel to Isaiah 46:3-4. May all of us learn to relax in the carrying arms of God almighty.
On Sunday nights I am hosting an open discussion of the Sunday morning’s message. We have done this for two weeks now and it has been a great time for those involved. We are using Google Hangout for those away who want to check in with a question or be a part of the conversation.
This coming Saturday night and Sunday afternoon is the Naperville Men’s Glee Club Christmas concert. Saturday night the concert is at Saints Margret and Mary Catholic church in Naperville. Sunday’s concert is at Knox Presbyterian church also in Naperville. The Saturday night concert is a more serious concert while the Sunday afternoon concert will have more for children’s involvement with some lighter moments in it. The cost of tickets is $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. Call or email me for tickets. Check out concert details at http://www.nmgc.org
Have a great day in the Lord, PS