Dear Precious Friends,
It's Thankful THursday and wow... God has given us a new day, such a gift no matter what we are walking through...
Many of you saw my post about taking my parents ashes to Pretty Place in South Carolina by Hendersonville 2 weeks ago... When you walk into this majestic place you see the scripture from Psalm 121:1-2 at the top of the beam that looks out over the cross and the mountains and ranges of God's splendor. It causes you to lose your breath and absolutely be overwhelmed by the beauty of God's creation... I love this Psalm and it is known as the Songs of Ascent... so upon further research so we don't "twist" scripture this is what truth we find in the bible about this scripture.
This psalm was sung by pilgrims making their journey to Jerusalem, on Mount Zion, for one of the feasts. Psalm 120–134 are the traditional “Songs of Ascent” that together formed a hymn book used by pilgrims as they went up to Jerusalem. Although the psalmist was looking to the high ground, he was not looking for the mountains themselves to help him. But rather the mountains reminded him of God’s creative power, and that God alone is our source of help.
It is an interesting characteristic of the human eye that close reading strains the eye muscles as they pull on the lens to hold focus. Ophthalmologists tell us that the correct way to rest our eyes when reading close up for long periods of time is to look out a window and focus on something very far away for several minutes. The act of looking at or focusing on a distant object, allows the eye muscles to relax and be refreshed. This is also true in the spiritual realm. The “eyes of our heart,” as we sing, or our soul, become weary from focusing on our problems and troubles. If we would simply stop and look far off, into the eternal spiritual realm, our heart and soul would be restored and our spiritual perspective refreshed.
“LORD, we look to You as the giver of life. You alone have the living water that sustains us in a sometimes dry and weary land.”
I absolutely love this reminder and this amazing and beautiful truth.... May we all think about the spiritual realm of the eyes of our heart when we walk through difficulties and look at Jesus instead of the difficulty... He is our Waymaker, our sustainer, our healer, our promise keeper, our light in the darkness... as we know from the Waymaker song... that is who He is!!
Have a blessed and beautiful day lifting your eyes to where our help comes from... The maker of heaven and earth, our Lord and Savior....
Source: Holy Spirit, God's Word, Daily Devo Pastor Ed