Psalm 123: “Eyes to the Lord”
In this short prayer of lament, we see the progression continue. James Montgomery Boice said this, “the goal for the pilgrim is not Jerusalem, as important as that city was, or even the temple in Jerusalem, as important as it was, but God Himself, whose true throne is not anywhere on earth but it heaven.” You see, this short prayer begins with, “to you [God] I lift my eyes.” This was a prayer to the Creator God Himself, during this journey to a physical place. The Psalmist never takes his eyes off of the Lord. Notice too that this psalm brings in the community as verse 2 shows us who are looking at the Lord. It speaks of the servants’ need for their master. Please understand that the psalmist doesn’t use this in a endorsement of slavery sort of way, but rather as an illustration of the disciples dependence on God and submission to God (Boice). Sometimes these short prayers and psalms are as powerful as the longer ones. As a prayer, it is neat to see that a short and direct prayer is also impactful. The Lord doesn’t wasn’t to hear our words, so to speak, but instead He wants to see our hearts through the actions that we take. The prayer for mercy closes out the psalm, and we know that the Lord is just and full of mercy. Another reason for us to rejoice and to lift our eyes to the Lord.