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1 A song of degrees. Vnto thee lift I vp mine eyes: O thou that dwellest in the heauens.

2 Beholde, as the eyes of seruants looke vnto the hand of their Masters, and as the eyes of a maiden, vnto the hand of her mistresse: so our eyes waite vpon the Lord our God, vntill that he haue mercy vpon vs.

3 Haue mercy vpon vs, O Lord, haue mercy vpon vs: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

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

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Commentary for Psalms 123

Confidence in God under contempt.

- Our Lord Jesus has taught us to look unto God in prayer as our Father in heaven. In every prayer a good man lifts up his soul to God; especially when in trouble. We desire mercy from him; we hope he will show us mercy, and we will continue waiting on him till it come. The eyes of a servant are to his master's directing hand, expecting that he will appoint him his work. And also to his supplying hand. Servants look to their master or their mistress for their portion of meat in due season. And to God we must look for daily bread, for grace sufficient; from him we must receive it thankfully. Where can we look for help but to our Master? And, further, to his protecting hand. If the servant is wronged and injured in his work, who should right him, but his master? And to his correcting hand. Whither should sinners turn but to him that smote them? They humble themselves under God's mighty hand. And lastly, to his rewarding hand. Hypocrites look to the world's hand, thence they have their reward; but true Christians look to God as their Master and their Rewarder. God's people find little mercy with men; but this is their comfort, that with the Lord there is mercy. Scorning and contempt have been, are, and are likely to be, the lot of God's people in this world. It is hard to bear; but the servants of God should not complain if they are treated as his beloved Son was. Let us then, when ready to faint under trials, look unto Jesus, and by faith and prayer cast ourselves upon the mercy of God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 123

  • Just a thought
    I once went to a very nice restaurant and the waiter for our table never missed anything. If our glass was low he was already refilling without a word spoken. How? In a discreet place nearby he stood intently observing us and our table. He knew (as in vs. 2) us well enough to the point that he could see that subtle 'signal of the hand.' Are our "our eyes wait[ing] upon the LORD our God" like him?
  • Cynthia
    As the brother said it is so true. Put your Trust in God for he is the only one that can help you. for He healed my great niece, when the doctor's said they could do no more ,that all hope is gone Then GOD stepped in."'' He Performed a Miracle last month as in yesterday.
    want He do it? The Doctor's were so shocked, but we had faith in God and he showed up.
    Nobody but you God. We Give praise.
  • Randy Arickson
    I know you are truly Bless everyday is a great Blessing. Soon has I get up I thank him and just ask that I may somehow please him. Help me to and the people in meet may they see something in me that will glorified and lift Him up. That they will see God's Light in me. I ask Him to help me every step I take He will be with me. Let them see I may not be perfect but Jesus is my Savior,and my Master.
  • Geraldine Cole
    Seek not the things of the world seek the things of God for when trouble comes he is the one that can help u see peoples love u when u please them if u don't they stop loving u but God love u my brother my sister No matter what stay your bible u will fine God in his word.and remember the Father which is God .The Son which is Jesus and The Holy Ghost one God loveed us so he sent his. Son to die.
  • A disciple
    "Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens...Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud." In a thousand different ways each day we will have to bring our thoughts and feelings under subjection. Our eyes and our hearts must be fixed on Jesus, who causes us to rise above the scorn and contempt of the world.
  • Carolyn
    As we may be scorned. We must ask God to make us aware when we are scornful concerning others or holding them in disdain or derision. Always remembering It is Gods Mercy and Grace that allows us to be accepted in the beloved. Help us Lord to respect and pray for all men.

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