Psalm 123:2 in the English Standard Version says:
“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. “
As I think on this verse, it teaches us our utter dependence on God to show us His mercy and to intervene on our behalf out of His grace. Our relationship with God is one based on God taking the initiative to save and deliver us. While the foundation of God’s grace is the basis for the forgiveness of our sins, it also undergirds every aspect of our relationship with God. Even when God commands us to serve and honor Him, we are totally reliant on the Lord to bless us as we obey Him. When Sarah and Madison are in Germany from the middle of July to the end of July, they will be relying on the Lord’s mercy as they seek to help out with the German/ English Knuell camp led by Bishop Gerhard and Grace Meyer. As Sarah starts in August as the Director of Outreach ministries, we as a congregation are looking to the Lord to guide us in making inroads and outreaches to our community with the Gospel of Christ. We need the Lord’s help, wisdom, and mercy as we seek to serve Him. Many questions may arise as to how to effectively do this work of outreach, and we need to continually make the statement and prayer of Psalm 123:2 our own personal prayer:
“Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master… so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us.”
So we pray for God to strengthen the work of our hands as we seek His mercy.
Pastor Cedric R. Benner