Daily D – Psalm 123:1-2
I lift my eyes to you, the one enthroned in heaven. 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.
PSALM 123:1-2 (CSB)
look up to you for help.
Like servants, alert to their master’s commands,
like a maiden attending her lady,
we’re watching and waiting, holding our breath,
awaiting your word of mercy.
Ollie insists on leading the way. Our black dog Millie must remain a half-step or more behind him or he cries and pulls to catch up and to get back in front. He knows the way. He will get us there and back again without distraction or delay.
This dog knows my rhythms and routines as well as I do. He knows what is next even now. He is well-positioned for our trip downstairs for his breakfast. I pause at the bottom of the stairs to toss him a tennis ball before we complete the journey. He insists I have a bit of fun before we get down to business.
What if we were as attentive to God as Ollie is to me?
This is a song of ascents. It is one of the songs pilgrim groups from Israel’s tribes would sing on the way to Jerusalem for one of the festivals like Passover. All roads to Jerusalem were uphill for the final leg of the journey. Jerusalem was where the temple was. It was a visible reminder of the presence of God with his people. Looking up, men, women, and children could anticipate arriving in God’s immediate presence.
Notice the attentive nature described here. As servants and apprentices learn from observation and anticipate what is needed next, so we are to look up to God for signals for what to do next. God blesses those who follow his directions and who anticipate his response to the needs we see.
Today you will no doubt come up against an issue you are not sure how to handle. A simple prayer like, “Our Father, please show me the way,” is an invitation for God to step into the situation and to give you clear direction. He is more interested in speaking into our lives than we are in listening.
When you are stopped in your tracks and unsure what to do next, when you are faced with alternatives and you are not sure which path is superior, simply pray, “Help me, please.” Our Father in heaven loves hearing and answering prayers like that.
Ollie is letting me know it’s time to go downstairs now. Millie the black dog has arrived and concurs. How will you respond to the moves God is making in your life?
I will watch for what God is doing around me and respond in obedient anticipation.
Our Father, thank you that when I arrive at a place where I do not know what to do next that you will clearly guide me as I turn my attention to you. Empower me to see your hand at work ever more clearly. Attune my heart and align my actions with yours. I am looking up to you. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.