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Verse 1 – “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!”
What do we need to do to change our perspective in the midst of difficult circumstances? We need to know where to look. Looking upward and not inward allows us to keep our troubles in context.
Verse 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.”
In the Hebrew culture, a servant waited for the slightest motion of his master’s hand to direct him. That hand was also a source of supply, protection, correction, and reward. The Psalmist knows to look to God with an expectant attitude. He knew that God is always in control and his life rested in God’s hand.
Verse 3 – “Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.”
The writer waits expectantly and prayerfully. He pleads for God’s mercy. His heart is hurting from the words raining down on him. Sometimes words of contempt can roll right off, but sometimes they sink in and fill us to overflowing with hurt
Verse 4 – “Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.”
Application challenge from Ken Castor:
This psalm ends rather abruptly. Following this psalm as an example, try praying right now without wrapping-it-all-up in a neat package. Let your “amen” sit awkwardly. Practice a hanging-prayer in order to trust God with the depths of your heart and then to leave it in His hands.
Lift up my eyes, enthroned in the heavens, hand of the master, covered by scorn and contempt
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