Psalm 123

Psalm 123

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Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God

A Song of Ascents.

123   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,
    for we have had more than enough of contempt.
  Our soul has had more than enough
    of the scorn of those who are at ease,
    of the contempt of the proud.


Psalm 123 Commentary

by Hank Workman

The waiting of God to move is not a passive act.  It is coming before Him with the pleas of our hearts for His work and intervention.  It is looking toward Him and not the given situation, knowing He is in control and will move when His timing is there.

It is often, however, when we wait and have not seen God move, many a time we take matters into our own hands.  This is where we get ourselves in trouble.  Sometimes the situation becomes worse because of it.  This where it is critical we draw near to our God no matter what is happening.  As the Psalmist was not passive in his requests, it shows the intensity of his begging for mercy.  He was confident that although things were not changing currently, his Master would help.  He will persevere patiently.

David Guzik paints a thought-provoking picture of this.  “Like a waiter or butler standing behind their master seated at dinner, the servant looks to the hand of their masters for the slightest indication of need or want, to instantly meet the need.  With that same intensity, devotion and steadfastness the Psalmist looks to God.”

For each of us, we should stand where we can see our Master.  We should look to Him in full trust during our situation.  We should be eager to start into whatever He asks.  Our submission to God and dependence should be no different than any other time in our lives.  This is particularly true when we are in the middle of hardship.  It would and is far too easy to take matters into our own hands, but this is not submission to what He asks.  We must wait.  We must patiently stand allowing Him to do and act as He knows best.

Psalm 123 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

What do we do when there is no move from God?

Our God is a useful God. He provides us with an abundance of blessings. But, His usefulness to us is not our primary means of relationship with Him. God’s presence does not change based on our suffering. He is present in prosperity and He is present in suffering. We can’t assume that He’s only present when He’s useful because many times, His glory and His love and His closeness are amplified in times of suffering.

Daniel Henderson sums up beautifully what it means to seek God even when we see no move from Him.

“Worship-based prayer seeks the face of God before the hand of God. God’s face is the essence of who He is. God’s hand is the blessing of what He does. God’s face represents His person and presence. God’s hand expresses His provision for needs in our lives. I have learned that if all we ever do is seek God’s hand, we may miss His face; but if we seek His face, He will be glad to open His hand and satisfy the deepest desires of our hearts.”

Daniel Henderson, Transforming Prayer

Like a servant’s eyes on his master’s hand, like a servant girl’s eyes on her mistress’s hand, so our eyes are on the LORD our God until He shows us favor.

Psalms 123:2 HCSB

Our eyes must remain on the Lord until He shows us favor. That favor may not come exactly as we thought, but it will come in His timing. Seek His face, and wait on His hand.

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