Keep Focused

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Keep your eyes focused on God. Give Him all your attention and devotion.

Pray: 

Lord, I fix my attention on You and on You alone. You are the one in whom I place all my trust.

Read: 

Psalm 123:1-4

Reflect: 

Where are you fixing your eyes?

A dog focuses attention completely on its owner for something it wants. Psalm 123 encourages God's people in times of trouble and distress to focus their attention completely on him. Verse 2 portrays both male and female slaves paying the sort of attention to their masters and mistresses that a dog pays to its owner.

Verses 3 and 4 express the trouble and persecution that the psalmist (1), and indeed all the people (2-4), have suffered. They are overflowing with shame. They feel sneered at, looked down on (3,4). Has this ever been your experience?

The cry for mercy (2,3) is not a cry for understanding. It's a cry for God to rescue his people. They know he can, because he is powerful (1). Referring to God as Lord (3) is a reminder of the covenant of mercy that he has made with them (Exod. 20:2; Deut. 7:9). They are going to keep their attention on God (2) until he has mercy. This expresses a deeply humble reliance on God. They rely on his wisdom for the timing of his mercy. Until that time, they will keep praying, with their attention focused on him (1-3).

Apply: 

The world offers many options of how to react when mistreated by others. Reject them and wait for God.

Pray: 

My faithful God, I love You. I am looking, longing and reaching for You.

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