To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until 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 its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.
Food For Thought:
In this passage, the Psalmist talks about eyes. When I think of eyes in the Christian context, I think of vision. What does it mean to have God’s vision or God’s eyes? How do God’s eyes look at others differently than our worldly eyes do? What kind of vision do you need to see so that you are a more faithful follower of Christ? What kind of blindness do you need to get rid of (judgmental eyes, impatient eyes, contemptuous eyes)?
Holy God of Israel,
ever present and moving among your people,
draw us near to you,
that in place of hostility there may be peace;
in place of loneliness, compassion;
in place of aimlessness, direction;
and in place of sickness, healing;
through Christ Jesus, in whom you draw near to us. Amen.
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