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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Every Sunday A Psalms: Keep Looking To The Lord

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 123:1-4 KJV
(1) A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
(2) Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
(3) Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
(4) Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

The need to look to someone other then ourselves is often greater then our ability to see our failing to look to God. It is hard for a mother to learn to wait on the Lord when the cupboard is bare and there is not way to go to the soup kitchen if there is one. God is merciful to his people. When the slaves are looking to their mistress and master in Bible times they are looking for the mercy of those they serve. Yet those they serve were not always merciful.

Looking to God for mercy is more then just for daily provision, but keeping that gaze upon Christ until his coming. To keep focused on the prize of hope and mercy. It hard to wait on an open door, when the reality is one wants to open the door that may be locked. Rushing into the grocery store and looking at the sensor above the door to make sure the door will open is a waste of eye movement. Yet how many notice that door sensor above. We can not control the sensor that allows the door to open unless we move toward it or move out of direct sight of it. Yet to remove our eyes from Jesus would be a tragic mistake. God ability to show even his people mercy in a difficult times, is not forgotten so easily. Despite our pain, hardship and woes, one know it could and should often be worse, but the hand of Jesus is upon us. To know Christ has not forgotten us is only half our battle. Devil would love to make on think you are defeated. Yet God says look to him. Keep our gaze on his Son and He will heal you and deliver you. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the Son of man be lifted up. Sometimes we have to learn to lean on others, and not just ourselves. Yet the first person we need to learn to look to is God. The help and mercy of stranger is sometimes who God sends. Yet our call is to look beyond the redemption of man and to the author of redemption. Paul through out his letters says God and Son of God in more then one place. Yet if they be the same, how can they be separate. It is the looking at salvation through God and his word that is clearly seen from Old to New Testament. Yet Christ was more then just the word of God in the flesh. He came with the power of God in the flesh. He came with the ability to come off the cross on his own, yet willing died for you and me because of our sin. Willing to intercede and say Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

The women without food heads to the soup kitchen on foot only to find the distance to far and a friend gives her a ride. Yet the mercy of God is shown through the caring of a friend. It is the hope of faith that will carry us through. Yet our first stop must be to look at Jesus. To trust when our ability to see is walking through a fog. God does not always allow our path to be clear 100 ft. stretch. Sometimes our ability to look to God is only a baby step of faith. Yet the clouds will lift in order for one to see more clearly, his purpose over time.

First let us hold to Godís word and obey by keeping our eyes on Jesus for his mercy over sin. Then let us look for his healing by keeping our gaze still on Jesus. Let us look to Jesus for one more thing those open doors of faith that enables us to keep on gazing at the prize of faith which is eternity with God.

Dear Heavenly Father give us the strength to rest in your promises and to keep our eyes focused on Jesus to receive your mercy and grace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Luke 21:27-28 KJV
(27) And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
(28) And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.


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