Any mindfulness that leads me to focus upon myself will always ultimately fail me.
This second brief post on the theme of looking to God comes from Timothy Keller’s
helpful collection of a year’s daily devotions on the Psalms My Rock My Refuge…
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
Psalm 123 ESV
Timothy Keller writes…. “FOCUS. Believers feel the pain of the world’s contempt (Psalm 123:3-4). How do we keep from either adopting its views or becoming resentful and withdrawn? We must lift our eyes to God (123:1). This is more than simply to “take a look”. It denotes a steady, reflective, adoring gaze (123:1-2) filled with longing and desire (Matthew 6:23; cf. Joshua 7:21). The psalmist focuses both his attention and the yearnings of his heart on God in prayer (123:2). He became like a domestic servant, trained to respond to every indication of his master’s will (123:2). In short, the psalmist overcomes all distractions and makes knowing God experientially and serving God obediently the main business of his life. Pray this psalm daily until God shows you his mercy.”
“Prayer: Lord, I live in an “attention deficit disorder” society. One thing after another comes into my sight and is gone. Oh, teach me how to focus on you. Let me always keep you in mind during the day. And help me gaze long and lovingly on you in prayer. Amen.”
From Timothy and Kathy Keller in My Rock My Refuge
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12: 2a ESV