“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. Show us favor, Lord , show us favor, for we’ve had more than enough contempt. We’ve had more than enough scorn from the arrogant and contempt from the proud.” Psalms 123:1-4
This Psalm’s authorship is unknown and it may be difficult for a modern American to understand.
In the time it was written, aristocracy had servants and slaves. When on duty, the servant’s job was to sit with his or her master and watch, like a modern waiter watching for the wave of a hand, shake of a glass-anything indicating that his customer needs service-in that manner, the servant would wait, eyes fixed on the hand of his or her master-literally waiting to serve.
The Psalmist “lifts his eyes” to heaven or watches God, the One enthroned in heaven, though metaphorically, and waits for an opportunity to serve Him, quite literally.
The waiter or servant, places himself at God’s beckoned call, asking and waiting for God’s favor or in modern terms what we call “grace”.
He waits, focused on God-focused on what God may need, knowing that God will show him His favor, knowing that God will favor him!
Are you like the writer, more that tired of the world’s contempt (vss3-4) sick of our prideful culture’s contempt for God, for the things of God and for your personal needs- oblivious to those secret prayers for personal purpose and significance that you secretly offer up to God?
God NEVER veiws your prayers with contempt and ALWAYS shows us His grace-His favor! Continual grace was won for us when Jesus died for us at Calvary!
Here’s my desire: God hasn’t changed. He’s still the King, enthroned on high and He needs us to do His bidding here on the earth. We, as the Church, are His Body here on earth. I want to be there for God, waiting on Him, to do anything He needs to demonstrate His love.
Think about it!