Song of Ascent: Fourth Step

A portion of the Old City wall, Jerusalem. 1985 Wil Robinson

A Song of Ascents.
Psalm 123

1 To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
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.

3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 123, in “contrast of tone with the joy of the preceding psalm is very striking. After the heights of devout gladness have been reached, it is still needful to come down to stern realities of struggle, and these can only be faced when the eye of patient dependence and hope is fixed on God.” Expositor’s Bible Commentary

In Psalm 121 the Psalmist begins “I lift my eyes to the hills. . .” but ultimately we understand this isn’t where we receive our help. Here he simply begins plain and simple, “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” Wonderful!

I do like the way the Psalmist in verse four essentially says, “I’m so over the lazy and the arrogant.”


L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .


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