Lift Up Your Eyes

 

The entrance Psalm for tomorrow from Psalm 121 says, “I lift up my eyes” when I need help because my help comes from the Lord who keeps me from evil; keeps my life and keeps “(my) going out and coming now and forevermore.”

Looking up occurs several times in Scripture.  In Genesis 21, Sarah demands that Abraham to banish Hagar and Ishmael.  With great reluctance Abraham does so. When Hagar’s water skin goes dry, she puts Ishmael under a bush and moves away, not wanting to hear his cries and see him die.  But the angel of the Lord tells her to lift up her son and when she lifts up her eyes she sees a well.

In Chapter 22, God tells Abraham to take his son Isaac to Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering.  On the third day of the journey he lifts up his eyes and sees the place.  Later, on the mountain with Isaac trussed up laying on the altar and Abraham reaching for the butchering cleaver the angel of the Lord intervenes. Abraham lifts up his eyes from the horror before him, he sees a ram caught in a thicket and it became the offering.

Then in Luke 21, Jesus talks about the entire world and the universe coming apart. As these things begin to happen he says to raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near.

Living in trust of God is no walk in the park.

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