DATE POSTED Friday, 2023-01-06
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 123:1-2
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 I raise my eyes to fix my gaze on You, for Your throne resides in the heavens.
2 Just as the eyes of servants closely watch the hand of their masters,
Just as a maid carefully observes the slightest gesture of her mistress,
In the same way we look to You, Eternal One, waiting for our God to pour out His mercy upon us.
APPLICATION: Ever noticed that the things of this world tend to tug on our hearts in such a way that we become engrossed in more, more, more of its evil ways? Take for example politics – the more we sit and watch the hatred spread by opposing members of our political leaders, the angrier we become, and the more vindictive we become with those who oppose our views? The more we watch television, the easier it is for us to keep waiting for the next movie about to come on. Those same types of unfortunate attractions seem to impact us when we hear of squabbles involving close relatives, or church members. But for those who put their trust in the Lord, I believe that David set an excellent example for us to follow, and throughout the Psalms, he offered many examples of why and how we could reflect God in our everyday lives. Let’s stop the busyness of this new year long enough to peak in on what is being shared through Pslam 123 today. I read where one pastor gave good advice that might help us really take note of the words from the Psalmist: “Here is a real secret for me: I have found that if I look inward, I’ll be depressed. If I look outward, I’ll be distressed. But if I look up and fix my eyes on the Lord, I’ll be strengthened“. I found this so true as I review life today. So, let’s add to that what else we feel God might reveal through the inspired words of David:
=> Fix Our Gaze on The Lord – Many inspired writers in the Bible make reference to how their strength comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth. But where does mankind tend to look for help in getting them through the end a challenging day at work? What about when the pressure of life is hitting hard, where do we tend to turn for help? Isn’t it sad that even Christians tend to try everywhere else, before they finally surrender to God and seek His help, His guidance and to soak in His love? Step aside from the ways of the world and the stress that Satan tends to create in us when he pushes us towards his vices and his sinful answers to life. Strive to gaze on the Lord, worship Him, and wait for His direction.
=> Watch for God’s every move – I love the way that a few translations compare this to a slave watching for the gestures of his/her master. I am often blessed beyond anything I deserve, when I reflect on the many ways that God has worked in my life! Going through situations of life, it sometimes seems like there is no hope, and perhaps not worth living, if tomorrow will only bring more of today’s troubles. However, for the child of God who knows where their strength comes from, it is vitally important that we study and obey God’s commands, and stay true to our commitment to Him, for He cares for us and will not lead us astray. Even when the next move seems impossible, or if questionable to us, keep trusting God and watch for His every move as He guides you through, what He knows to be, the very best for you.
=> Seek His mercy – Why? You might ask. When you have done everything that this evil world presents to you, even those things that you are convinced that God would not approve of, what do you suppose you deserve from God? My friend, it is only through the grace of God, and because of His tender mercies, that He still looks on us in love and draws us to Himself. His mercy is everlasting, and because He loves and cares for us, He will extend mercy to us when we seek His forgiveness and His power to overcome sin.
Let me remind you friend, that none of the three items that I elaborated today can be aided by our friends, nor would they be forgiving enough to try and help. Only the God who created us can see the true value in us and love us anyway. Only God will give us second chances to face the challenges of this world like His child and be the best representatives like He deserves. Show them the ways of God and express His love through everything you say or do. Let them see Jesus!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: We serve an awesome God who is willing to forgive us of our sin and instead empower us to walk in His ways. so that the world might know He lives and reigns on high!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I surrender all to You and worship You for the awesome God that You are. I want to be just like You, Lord, but I need Your strength and Your power to overcome the world. Please continue to bless and empower as only You can. Please forgive us in our lack of commitment and the failure of obedience that ensues every day. Teach us Lord to walk in Your footsteps every day, not just those days when we really need to hear from You on a problem that’s bugging us and is much bigger than anything we could handle alone. The sad eyeopener is that others are impacted by our responses to life’s encounters, but way too often our response has nothing to do with Your teachings or Your commands. I know that we were not saved to soak and sour, but rather to let our lights shine for the glory of God. Please Lord, guide us to be everything that You desire of us. May Your kingdom increase, and may it become a better place to live because of the hope that we have, and the part that we play in it in representing You. AMEN!
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