Psalm 123:1-4 (NKJV) Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, 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 on us. 3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud.
Psalm 123 is commonly called a “Prayer for Relief from Contempt” or “The Eye of Hope”. Because as the temple comes into view the weary travelers turn their eyes towards heaven and to God in hope. The sight of the temple gave them a sense of relief because the temple was where they could approach God who dwells in the heavens. The weary travelers look towards heaven and to God with a heart of attentiveness and expectancy for God to have mercy upon them. They are looking to be set free from their oppressors. They are despised in the world, and now they are coming to Jerusalem and to the temple to ask God for mercy. Their pleas for mercy ascend to the throne of God. They have had more then their fill of contempt. They are scorn and hated by their oppressors. And not much has changed over the thousands of years. All of Israel’s neighboring countries have nothing but contempt for the Jews. This hatred has been going on since Abraham disobeyed God. And it will continue until Christ returns. During the Tribulation the Jews will once again look up to the heavens and cry out to God for mercy. The faithful remnant of Israel will pour out this compelling prayer to God. They will look to God who dwells in the heavens for He is their only refuge in a world of great anti-Semitism. And their prayers will be answered when Christ returns. My friends, our take away from this psalm is this, in our times of hardship do we look towards heaven to God for mercy? God is our only refuge and deliverer.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.