To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Psalm 123:1
There are commercials in magazines, on TV and bannered on the web that tell us we can look younger – get a facial lift in a bottle. Wrinkles disappear in a few uses, puffiness and dark circles vanish – limited time offer. But, there is an eternal eye lift that can lift your whole spirit. That is when you lift your eyes to God.
There are two stances before God – praise and prayer. In prayer, we squeeze our eyes shut, bow our heads and open our hearts. We shut out all around us and concentrate on the still small voice that can move mountains and change lives. We come with a contrite heart knowing we can’t do it all on our own.
But when we praise, we lift our hands and our heads upwards. Why? Same reason. We realize we can’t do it all on our own. We stop looking at the world in front of us and stop seeing what we think lies ahead. We raise our eyes to the vastness of the sky – a symbol for eternity, for majesty and power, and for the unknown. We take our eyes off ourselves and our finite view of things. It makes us realize how much bigger the whole picture is and who is in charge.
If you need an eye lift, lift them to the One who loves you more than anything else, Christ the Lord. The One who created your world, knows your circumstances and understands you better than you understand yourself. He is the one who stilled storms, defeated death and continues to touch souls. Have a good long talk with Him today- in prayer and praise. It is the best eye exercise you can do.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
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