Wednesday, June 2, 2010

6/2/10 Preparation Day (6 to go); Psalm 123

Preparation Day -6 (6/2) Psalm 123

1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
2 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, till he shows us his mercy.
3 Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt. 4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.

The pilgrim is ever conscious that God is watching us. God is on His throne in heaven, though our way down here is rough and bumpy. The pilgrim here is asking the sovereign God for mercy. The pilgrim is claiming to be as helpless and dependent as a slave. They have endured contempt by some just for going. Maybe some have even asked you, “Why are you going to Israel of all places?” The ancient pilgrims had no gps, no maps, no jets, no buses. It was mostly a walk or a horse ride, or a ship’s ride on a rough sea (think Paul’s shipwreck on the Mediterranean or the movie, “The Kingdom of God”). The classic Christian work, “Pilgrim’s Progress” is a reminder that we will face many difficulties along our journey toward the heavenly Jerusalem. The pilgrim without God’s help is truly cut off from their greatest resource. To be a true pilgrim of God, we need God’s presence and help along our way.

Prayer: We cannot see the future, Lord, but you do. We cannot see the future or what lies along our path- but you do, O Lord. Be merciful to us, for apart from you we can do nothing.

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