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1I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.
2We keep looking to the LORD our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.
Psalm 123:1-2 (NLT)

Verse one made me smile. Because I love the imagery, He is enthroned in heaven and I know the peace that lifting my eyes to Him can bring.

Verse two challenged me. Because I know I don’t keep my eyes on the Lord as closely as servants watch their masters for the slightest signals.

All those movies about body guards and the Secret Service come to mind. Movies in which the protector watches the one being protected closely – their eyes constantly moving over the crowd for the slightest move or item out of place that might indicate a threat. Ready to spring into action. Always watching.

That’s how we’re to be with the Lord. Not watching the crowd for a disturbance as the Secret Service, but always watching the Lord for the slightest signal – watching for His mercy – watching so that we will recognize it when it arrives, watching so that we’ll be in the right place to receive it.

Of course we’re to watch for more than His mercy. We’re to watch for His signal to act, watch for opportunities to serve Him, watch for hints of His grace in our every day lives.

Are your eyes on Him so constantly that you see His hand in your circumstances? Are your eyes on Him so constantly that you see the sliver of light as He begins to crack open doors in the process of flinging them wide open? Are your eyes on Him so constantly that you see the twinkles of humor and love in His eyes as He watches over you and leads you?

Lord, teach me to keep my eyes on You.

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