To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! – Psalm 123:1
Psalm 123 is one of the ‘Psalms (or songs) of Ascents.’ There’s 15 of them (Psalm 120-134). They get their name because back in the day, God’s people would sing them as they ascended UP to the sacred city of Jerusalem. They made the trek 3 times a year to celebrate and honor God through the feasts of Passover, Tabernacles, and Pentecost. Jerusalem is UP, about 2,700 feet in elevation. Hence the name, Psalms of Ascent.
Now, can you see the travelers in your mind’s eye? God’s people, remembering God’s faithfulness, journeying up through the rough mountainous terrain, on their way to celebrate and worship?
When I read “To you I lift my eyes” I imagine someone literally LOOKING UP, moving ahead, worshiping, anticipating a time of experiencing God’s presence. And in a sense that’s what we need to be doing right now. Looking up to Him, worshipping, on our way to His presence. On our way Home.
Tonight and every night — I lift up my eyes, to the one enthroned in the heavens!