Psalm 123 – To you I lift up my eyes

PSALM 123:1-4

1   To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2   As the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
until he has mercy upon us.

3   Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4   Our soul has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • Imagine yourself lifting up your eyes to see God in heaven.
  • What curtains of contempt and scorn must be pushed aside for you to see God?
  • Name these curtains as you push them aside.
  • Continue naming the curtains and moving them until you can see God as fully as possible.
  • Rest in the Lord.  Savor this time.
  • What characteristics of God do you encounter this day?
  • Allow these characteristics to fully embrace you as a gift from God.
  • Rest in the Lord.  Savor this time.
  • Is there a message for you from God?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for this time of prayer and presence.  Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 19, 2017, the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123:1-4
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Psalm 123 – To you I lift up my eyes

PSALM 123:1-4

1   To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2   As the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
until he has mercy upon us.

3   Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4   Our soul has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • Imagine yourself lifting up your eyes to see God in heaven.
  • What curtains of contempt and scorn must be pushed aside for you to see God?
  • Name these curtains as you push them aside.
  • Continue naming the curtains and moving them until you can see God as fully as possible.
  • Rest in the Lord.  Savor this time.
  • What characteristics of God do you encounter this day?
  • Allow these characteristics to fully embrace you as a gift from God.
  • Rest in the Lord.  Savor this time.
  • Is there a message for you from God?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for this time of prayer and presence.  Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 13, 2011,  the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
I Thessalonians: 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD