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May 3, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 1 Chronicles 7-8
Audio: 1 Chronicles 7-8

Psalm 123 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

To you I lift up my eyes,
    O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
    to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till 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 enough
    of the scorn of those who are at ease,
    of the contempt of the proud.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Have Mercy Upon Us, O Lord

    Today's psalm begins with the psalmist lifting his eyes to God. His posture and position before the Lord are evident as he sees the Lord enthroned in the heavens (signifying the sovereign power of God).

    Although Psalm 123 begins with the psalmist lifting his eyes, it is clear there are other believers with him as "I lift up my eyes" becomes "our eyes look to the Lord our God" in Psalm 123:2. 

    Their motivation is found in the second half of this verse and continues into the first part of verse 3, "till he has mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us."

    The second half of verse 3 through the fourth and final verse of this psalm, we learn why they are asking for mercy:

    We have had more than enough of contempt (Psalm 123:3)
    Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease (Psalm 123:4)
    Our soul has had more than enough of the contempt of the proud (Psalm 123:4)

    Since the text does not reveal who the people are who are "at ease" and "proud," or what the "scorn" and "contempt" were, the Lord wants our focus to be on the example of his faithful followers enduring scorn and contempt, and on Himself as a God who is merciful. 

    For some of us, it may seem like we have been waiting a long time for God's mercy. If it has been a long time, has our eyes continually looked to the Lord, or on the scorn and contempt which troubles our soul?


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "To Approach an Infinite God" by Herman Witsius

    "O Lord, we know so little of your supreme deity, and cannot comprehend your perfection.

    Our thoughts about you, your attributes, and your sovereignty fall far short—you are infinite and immense.

    What mortal can even begin to set bounds on your sovereignty, where you do not lead the way? We know you are indebted to no one, and no one can ask you 'What are you doing?' or 'Why are you doing that?'

    You are holy and infinitely good. And you both love and reward holiness.

    May we recognize just how ignorant we are, and may that kindle in our hearts a vision to know as we are known, and then to see some of those things in your infinity that we could never reach on our own. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. When we turn from our wicked self-exaltation and self-worship, setting ourselves instead to worship and serve God with our whole heart, we invite the contempt and scorn of the ungodly.

    To the proud, our suffering should at the very least cause us to doubt God’s goodness. And so our persevering (and even greater) faith — even while suffering! — fuels their scorn. We are fools in their eyes.

    But I think of Jesus being mocked as He suffered and hung on that cross for us: 

    “And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, “I am the Son of God.” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.“ (Matthew 27:39-44)

    But Jesus knew what His suffering was going to accomplish. His death secured our pardon, winning to God those who would be saved by grace, through faith. And so “for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2)

    I look to God for the grace and strength to endure suffering, and I wait for His mercy. While I wait, I remember my Savior, who gave His life for me. 

    ~::~

     “To set the life toward worship in an ungodly age is ever to be the object of scorn and contempt. What matters it? The eyes of Jehovah’s pilgrims are lifted to the throne set high above all the tumult and strife of tongues.” (Morgan)

  3. Wow! I love your comment, Michelle! Especially, 

    "To the proud, our suffering should at the very least cause us to doubt God’s goodness. And so our persevering (and even greater) faith — even while suffering! — fuels their scorn. We are fools in their eyes."

    This is so true! I have seen this again and again. You would think maybe we'd have the attitude of, "Oh yeah? Well, when the end comes, you'll see! You'll get yours!"

    But instead my heart breaks and there's a pit in my stomach when I think of what awaits those who aren't saved. 

    God has been very clear with what He expects from us, and He has told us what will be. We don't understand it all, and that is His will. We are to be faithful and obey, keeping His commandments, because He does understand it all! 

    That's enough for me. I trust Him. 

  4. Brynne, I’m so glad your heart breaks for those who don’t share your faith…because our faith is a gift from God. He has given us eyes to see and ears to hear the gospel and a heart prepared to receive it.
     

    “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” ~Jesus 

    I needed this reminder tonight. Thank you!! 

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