A Daily Dose of Good News
Saturday, July 3, 2021
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To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
until he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud. (Psalm 123)
Eyes to the Soul
The eyes are a threshold to the soul …
As is any other sense that you use
To make one of the most significant contribution
Most significant sacrifice
Most significant investment
In the life you’ve been give to enjoy and share.
For where you pay attention …
Is a matter of allegiance.
A matter of trust.
So the servant pays attention to her master.
The handmaid pays attention to her mistress.
The faithful pay attention to the Lord.
Or do we?
Think of all the different directions you might pay attention during the day:
TV news … Twitter … Email … Instagram … Radio news
Netflix … Amazon Prime … Sports radio … Podcasts
Consider where, among them, you paying attention to God
With the mercy and assurance God brings?
And where among them, you find yourself
Growing more anxious, despairing, disillusioned?
Implicitly today, the psalmist encourages us to take heed
Of those places where we turn our eyes …
Where we pay attention
With the encouragement to keep God at the forefront.
Sara, Josh and I pray the Daily Dose of Good News
Is a helpful resource to you in that regard.
So are the self-giving relationships in your life
At home, at work, at school, in the community.
Don’t hesitate to keep reading the Bible for yourself
Or let yourself be inspired by a visual, auditory or even delectable art.
Perhaps even a silent prayer
With your soul’s eye wide open …
Paying attention for God to fill that space
With mercy and love.