I lift up my eyes to You, O You Whose throne is in the heavens. Psalms 123:1 (NLV)
Much of the Book of Psalms is about gaining the true perspective and focusing our energies in the right direction. With that said, Psalm Chapter 123 gets right to the point of the matter. Right out of the gate, it makes this powerful proclamation pertaining to perspective, "I lift up my eyes to You, O You Whose throne is in the heavens ."
Of all things that the Psalmist could focus on, he chooses to focus on the Lord and the fact that He dwells in the heavens. His focus was God-ward, not self-ward, man-ward...or even world-ward. And it's this God-ward focus that makes all the difference...not just in the Psalmist's life, but in our lives, as well.
We see the same thoughts played out in the life of Peter. It was in his greatest hour of faith, as he stepped out of the boat and walked on the waves towards Jesus, that is when Peter learned a powerful lesson about having a God-ward focus. He was overcoming the elements all around him, the wind, waves, rain... yet the Bible tells us that when he took his eyes off Jesus and started to look at the storm, his God-ward focus became a world-ward focus and he began to sink (Matthew 14:30).
That's a powerful picture of what happens to us when we take our eyes off the One who dwells in the heavens. We lose our God-ward focus and place it on things that invariably cause us to sink to the storms of life.
But equally important to note is that Peter regained his God-ward focus as he cried out to Jesus, "Lord, save me!" And Jesus did. This shows us that just because we lose our focus on the Lord, it doesn't mean it has to stay there. It can be restored when we recognize our error and call out to Him with a true and sincere heart.
Lord, save us...not from the storms that are around us, but from the temptation to take our eyes and focus off of You.
Posted on Mon, February 18, 2013
by Brian Tootle filed under