Today we return to a phrase familiar from Psalm 121 which we read on Wednesday: “I lift up my eyes to you…” As we head into the weekend, Psalm 123 is a reminder of who God is, and who we are in relation to him.
When we lift up our eyes, who are we lifting them to? It is to the Lord who is enthroned in heaven. He is enthroned because he is the King – he is sovereign. We have to lift up our eyes because he is above us.
The Psalmist reminds us of the absolute sovereignty of God. We ask him for answers to prayer, for mercy, for all the things that are on our minds, but when we look to him, we look as a servant would to his master. We do not command God. We do not dictate to him what he should do. He is God in heaven, and we are immensely privileged to be able to bring him our requests.
And yet, scripture tells us that we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb 4:15) and that “we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Eph 3:12).
How can this be? How can we, sinful humans, approach the almighty Lord with confidence? It is only because of Jesus. It is because “we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven” (Heb 4:14). It is only “In him and through faith in him…” (Eph 3:12).
As you bring God your questions, your requests and your concerns in prayer this weekend, remember to give thanks always for the sacrifice he wrought so that you could have that privilege. Praise God for Jesus!
Meditation verse: I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.