“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. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us.” Psalm 123:1-3a
What I’m seeing in this picture—in our continually looking to the Lord, fixing our eyes on the One enthroned in the heavens—is that it brings us face-to-face with His glory. We look to Him intently, waiting for Him to act for us, to strengthen us, to show Himself faithful, and all the while we open up communication so He can show us who He is.
As I studied the verses of this psalm more closely, letting the words penetrate my heart, I saw the intent of this prayer. It isn’t one seeking riches or specific blessing. It is a cry for relief. A cry for mercy. A cry for the Lord to get involved, to show up in their circumstances. And it is given in faith as they look continually to Him. Because as they wait, God is reminding them who He is. Their eyes are fixed on Him, on His character and His sovereignty, and their faith is brought from strength to strength.
“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18
Our God will show up. He is being faithful even in your darkest times. He will pour out grace for each moment and cover you with favor as with a shield. When we look to Him, when we wait for Him, He will not fail to come through for us.
“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence…From of old, no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:1,4