Relief from Contempt (Psalm 123)

1 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


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.

As the people of God approach Jerusalem for times of worship, they would pass by many along the way who were filled with pride.  Many in their clans or cities were at ease, not seeking the Lord.  Therefore, this Song of Ascents was a form of preparation, asking God to remove the contempt from their hearts.  The psalmist appeals to the mercy of God, submitting to Him by looking up into the heavens, and asks for God to give them relief from their contempt for the proud and apathetic among them.  In the same way, we should lift our eyes unto the Lord, and not allow ourselves to be distracted from our worship by the pride and apathy of those around us.  We must serve God and worship Him for ourselves, in spite of what others do.  Lift up your heads to the Lord and keep your eyes on Him!

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