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THE HUMBLE UPWARD LOOK – August 13

One of the most precious powers God implanted in the human body is the gift of sight. How rich does not the gift of sight make life! How much would we not miss, if it were taken from us? But spiritual sight is far more precious and important than seeing with the fleshly eye. What the psalmist lifts his eyes to see, and of what he speaks in Psalm 123:1, 2, is of utmost importance. He writes, “Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of the servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maid unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.”

It makes a world of difference, however, as to how we look unto God. The servants and the maids look to their masters and mistresses as their superiors. They look up to them, realizing that the hands of their masters and mis-tresses give them what they need. Our versification has it thus:

To Thee, 0 Lord, I lift my eyes,
O Thou enthroned above the skies;
As servants watch their master’s hand,
Or maidens by their mistress stand,
So to the Lord our eyes we raise,
Until His mercy He displays.

The question is whether in our prayers we look to God as the exalted, almighty, sovereign God. If He is not above all creatures, what good is it for us to pray to Him? If we approach Him as though He is our servant rather than our master, we get no blessing, but only add to the reason why we ought to receive more punishment. In fact, then we are not praying to God but to an idol, a mental image we manufactured in our minds.

Our prayers must always be humble requests. We must look up to Him and not down upon Him. Surely then this means that we look to Him through Christ who is at His right hand and has the universe in His hand. In profound and sincere humility we must bow before Him. We must look up to Him as one enthroned above the skies. Prayer requires a humble upward look.

Read: Psalm 121, 123

Psalter versification: 351:1

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Aug 17, 2016

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