Have mercy on us O Lord!

Friends, what a privilege and honour it is that we can lift up our eyes to the Him who is enthroned in the heavens!

Psalm 123:1
    To you I lift up my eyes,
         O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

We lift our eyes to Him who is enthroned in the heavens, not to no. 10 Downing Street or The White House. We turn, not to anyone else but to the One who is enthroned in the heavens itself, we appeal to Him. It is significant that our eyes are lifted to none other but Him. For His being enthroned in the heavens signifies His unrivalled superiority to and supreme authority over all. God rules over all.

Cue Psalm 103:19
     The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
           and his kingdom rules over all.

His throne is established in the heavens for this very reason: so that He may rule over all, literally all – both big and small. There is nothing that God does not rule over from His throne which He has established in the heavens.

God rules. Over all. Nothing is exempted or excluded from God’s rule, be it big or small.

His authority is supreme and without parallel when it comes to executing His will and purpose. Hence the apostle Paul’s assertion in Ephesians 1:11 that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will.” He has the authority and clout to do so as His throne is established in the heavens and His kingdom rules over all.

Going forward as His church which He purchased with His own blood, we do not lift up our eyes to Him who is enthroned in the heavens for a fleeting glance or a transitory view but fixate our gaze and pin our hopes on Him. God delights in becoming and always remaining our only hope.

Psalm 122:2
    Behold, as the eyes of servants
        look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a maidservant
        to the hand of her mistress,
    so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
        till he has mercy upon us.

In 2 Chronicles 20:12 King Jehoshaphat of Judah prayed a similar prayer to the Lord when faced with the vast armies of the Ammonites, Moabites and Meunites. He chose to look to God alone in his time of extreme need.
“O our God, will you not execute judgement on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

The key is in the latter part of the prayer – our eyes are on no one else, we do not even look to ourselves, but they are firmly fixed on you.  Basically, this was his prayer.

Understanding our helplessness we too pray, “God, our eyes are on you to act on our behalf, have mercy upon us!”

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