Friday, April 27, 2012

Single Focus

I lift up my eyes to You,
to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves 
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a female slave 
look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
until He shows us His mercy.
Psalm 123
This comparison to the slaves looking
to the hand of their master
must be seen in the fullness of the word "slave."
The word for slave here means "bondservant."
Bondservants were completely dependent 
on their masters for all their needs.
They couldn't look to family members;
they couldn't get a second job.
Everything came through the hand of the master.
The psalmist says he is like the slave--
his eyes are on the Lord because
he is completely dependent on His hand.
There is a single focus.
I lock my eyes on the Lord until...
I am not tempted to make my own way,
nor am I tempted to find my own provision.
My eyes are locked on the Lord until...
The word "until" implies a time
when a specific event will happen.
It is different from the word "if."
It is not, "I will lock my eyes on the Lord
to see IF..."
The psalmist summons himself to lock his eyes
on the hand of the Lord UNTIL.
I need to summons myself to fix my eyes.
In everything I am hoping for,
fighting for and trusting for,
my only option is to lock my eyes on His hand.
It is not wrong to look to His hand.
As long as I intimately know His face.
This undistracted lifestyle 
limits all its options.
Until His hand moves on my behalf.

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