Words from the Heart for Friday August 11th, 2017
I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
Psalm 123:1 (NIV)
I Lift Up My Eyes to You
We have a wonderful and powerful Lord who sits upon His throne. The Word of God tells us this truth. We will someday see this for ourselves when we enter into our eternal home. Until then we can have great assurance of His authority and power. When you pray with this understanding, it changes how you pray. We can enforce His authority into every situation. We will gain confidence and be secure in His care. Greater is our God.
Back in 1942 a government agency known as the National War Finance Committee produced a CBC radio drama series called Nazi Eyes on Canada. It was a chilling story that imagined how Canada could change if the Nazis had won the Second World War. Each segment of Nazi Eyes on Canada focused on a real life family or individual from different parts of Canada – Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. In one episode, which originally aired on October 4, 1942, the Stephenson family from Alberta suffers some truly horrifying outcomes in Nazi-run Canada. According to the narrator, “this could easily happen if we don’t win, and we won’t win it until all of us … pours into the war effort every ounce of energy, every penny beyond basic living necessities.”
Most people never look up. What do I mean by that? Their lives are spent focusing on all that the world has to offer. They look to what they see around them for comfort, fulfillment and direction. They yearn for all that the world has to offer and work hard to obtain what they hope will bring them what they are longing for. Unfortunately, nothing in this world offers any sense of ultimate spiritual satisfaction. Finances can be lost more quickly than they are gained. Relationships can come to an end. Health can fail us. Loved ones disappoint us. If you are looking to this world for any ultimate satisfaction, you will be disappointed. But there is an alternative. The Bible records this in Psalm 123:1: “I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.” The Psalmist recognized that the source of peace and joy is found outside of this world, and so he lifts his gaze from the things of this world to the Lord God of the universe. It is only in relationship with our Creator that we find ultimate satisfaction. It is only in having our sin erased that we find peace within. This is where Jesus comes in. He is the perfect Son of God, and because He is without sin, His sacrifice on the cross has guaranteed our salvation. Lift your eyes up today, from the things of this world to the living God.
These have been words from the heart.