Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Psalms For Moms

Psalm 119:123, "My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your
righteous promise."

Ever had failing eyes? Eyes that grew weak from searching the horizon for that answer you were sure God was going to send? When I read today's verse, it jumped out at me. I have eyes that fail. I know exactly how the Psalmist felt when he penned those words. I've scanned the horizon for financial rescue, marriage help, wisdom for a situation with a child, and professional answers. I've watched and waited, and waited and watched. Eventually in my flesh I grew weak. My eyes failed. I didn't want them to. I wanted to be stronger than that, have more spiritual fortitude.

My Bible referenced two verses in the cross references:

Psalm 6:7, "My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes." (Ever felt this way? There's just too much against you? The sorrow weakens you?)

Isaiah 38:14, "My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!"

These verses comforted me. Just to know that having failing eyes is part of the human condition. That I am not the only one who grows weary in waiting.

And then later I read this verse and I realized, this is the key:

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." II Chronicles 20:12.

We may not know what to do. We may grow weary. We may have failing eyes. It's not that we aren't full of failings and weakness. We're not supposed to be full of strength and knowledge. We're just supposed to keep our eyes on Him. When they grow weak, He is the lifter of our heads, enabling us to refocus.

Psalm 3:3,"But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head." (ESV)

When your eyes grow weak, remember these verses and ask God to help you keep your eyes on Him, lifting your head even when it seems impossible to do so.

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HD said...

Oh how this spoke to me today! I just prayed earlier to give me grace and strength because of feeling pulled and stretched here lately. What a great post!Jut what I needed today, thank you!

Zibilee said...

I often feel this way, and had never really known what to do about it. I think I just begin to lose a lot of hope when an answer doesn't come, and I can think of one particular area of my life where it seems God is silent. But maybe he is answering me, but I am just not hearing him. This idea of eyes that can fail needs to be addressed in my prayers today, so thank you for sharing your insight on it today!

Cheri Bunch said...

This is so good! You shared some of my most favorite verses! What a blessing it has been to stop by here this morning! Thank you, Marybeth!

Debra said...

Thanks for your writings and the verses. The first verse stood out to me. I have been looking for HIS salvation for a particular person in my life, looking for HIS promise. I continue to wait as The Lord continues to make me a patience women. As I wait, I have faith, because I know God is Soooooo Faithful!
In Christ, Debra

Jane said...

Thank you Marybeth, for the wonderful verses. I am exhausted waiting for God to really "speak" about a decision our family is making. I am keeping my eyes on the Lord and will rest in the knowledge that He knows our future.

Jerralea said...

Thanks, Marybeth. This really spoke to me today. It just goes along with what I've been hearing lately: keep your focus on Him.