Lift Your Eyes

“I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2

You can tell a lot about someone from looking into his or her eyes. A person can sometimes hold back a smile, a frown, or an annoyance from the face muscles. But the eyes never lie. The eyes can’t hide tired. They can’t hide excitement. They can’t hide hurt, frustration, or worry.

Have you watched a good basketball player on defense? If he’s looking at the ball, he’ll get jerked around pretty quickly. But in the eyes of a ball handler you can see every move before it happens. Coaches will tell players that it’s much easier to anticipate movement when you look in the eyes.

What do your eyes show today? The Psalmist makes a conscious effort to remind himself that if it is hope, help, and healing he desires, his eyes should be fixed on the Lord.

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“The mountains,” – he writes. An upward focus.

When our eyes are fixed downward, on the floor, we confine our thoughts and emotions to our own little worlds. A hanging head is easily given to either despair or pride in relational isolation.

When our eyes are fixed on what’s right in front of us, we have trouble seeing the big picture–navigating the immediate without the compass of the eternal. A level head is better than a hanging head, but there is always more to life than what’s right in front of you.

When our eyes are lifted upward, there is a sense of hope and expectation. A lifted head will perceive the immediate through the lens of the eternal; these eyes peer through the urgency of every moment, upward, into the hope of the One who holds eternity.

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Whatever conversations, decisions, and relationships you navigate today, make an effort to pay attention to the posture of your head. Don’t settle for a hanging head or a level head. Navigate life today with a lifted head.

Look up! Your help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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