Looking somewhere else

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Psalms 120-134 are generally considered to be songs that pilgrims sang on their way to worship in Zion/Jerusalem.  The first four of these (Psalms 120-123) suggest that the going got tough for these pilgrims.  Today’s Psalm, Psalm 123, indicates that these difficult circumstances are caused by “the proud” and “the arrogant” (123:4).  However, the Psalm they sang from within these difficult circumstances tells us that they don’t think it is appropriate to take on their enemies on the enemies’ own terms, or to get themselves out of their difficult circumstances with their own means.  The Psalm uses poetic imagery of eyes looking somewhere else… “as the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy” (123:2).  Where do you look for the solutions of your problems?

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