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The Treasure of Our King

Psalm 123

Verse 1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.

We begin a new song of ascent with today’s key verse and once again we have a psalm with an unknown author.

This song starts out as all should, with a reminder of who we are to look to in worship. But is lifting up our eyes a sign of worship and reverence? Looking up to someone is a way of saying that we respect them in greatly, but if we are talking in the light of reverence and worship we would generally be talking about casting our eyes down as a way of seeing ourselves as lesser than the person we are meeting.

This song isn’t saying to disrespect God by looking up to Him. No, we are to look to Him just as one would look to a general for guidance and direction. This is the look of a child looking up at a parent because they know that the parent loves them and will help them as needed. This psalmist knew that they were looking up for more than help, they were looking at the only one that could help.

The psalmist not only sees God as someone above them, he is seeing God being on the throne which reminds us that He is King. God’s being King of kings is such an important thing for us to remember because from it stems all things of true faith. It doesn’t take long when reading in the Bible to see that when the people of God turned their eyes from God, it led to disaster.

They wanted to be like other nations and so they looked towards the world to see what they needed to. They wanted an immediate fix of their problem. The people of today are no different. We seek new and exciting ways to fill the hole in our life that only God can fill. We struggle with making Him the ruler of our hearts.

This psalm is a great reminder to us of, all that He has done, all that He has said He would and that we need to be aware. We need to grasp hold on who He is and what He deserves from us.

Making It Personal

Who do you turn to most in life? Does God only want to hear our aches and pains? Who have you wrongly been turning to?

Making It Personal Kids

When you are afraid who do you run to? Does your mom and dad help you not be afraid? Who does Jesus want you to turn to when you have troubles?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for being the King of king. There is none like You. Help us see the truth of what it means to know who You are. And help us seek You in all ways and at all times. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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