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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 123

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: A God of Mercy (v 1-4)

Psalms 123 Commentary 

(123:1) Watching for God - The psalm writer lifted his eyes to God, waiting and watching for God to send his mercy. The more he waited, the more he cried out to God because the scoffing of the evil and proud was unrelenting and he couldn't bear it any longer. Lifting our eyes to God includes the idea of lifting our hearts and minds to him as well. We wait for him to act, and we know he will. Both body and soul stay focused in confident hope on God, who is the only one who can rescue us from the enemy and give us ultimate peace of heart and mind. 

(123:2) Mercy and Favor - When we pray for mercy and favor from the Lord, he gives them to us. But are we alert to his signals? Be attentive to people who reach out to you, verses that come to mind, and promptings from the Holy Spirit. Keep your eyes open for God's responses to you.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Focus on the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 123. In our text today, we see the theme of looking to God for Mercy. In applying, we are encouraged to be attentive to God's leading and promptings. Since we serve a living God who loves and guides us, we must keep our eyes on His instruction. How about you? Do you look toward the Lord for instruction? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our Lord instructs and guides us, so we should keep our eyes on the Lord.


Psalm 123

Psalm 123

 1Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

 2Behold, 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.

 3Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

 4Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.