WHEN WE CANNOT LOOK TO ANY HELPER ON A LEVEL WITH US, IT IS GREATLY WISE TO LOOK ABOVE US

WHEN WE CANNOT LOOK TO ANY HELPER ON A LEVEL WITH US, IT IS GREATLY WISE TO LOOK ABOVE US

C.H. Spurgeon

“Unto THEE lift I up mine eyes!” [Psalm 123:1]

It is good to have someone to look up to.

The Psalmist looked so high that he could look no higher. Not to the hills, but to the God of the hills he looked. He believed in a personal God, and knew nothing of that modern pantheism which is nothing more than atheism wearing a fig leaf. The uplifted eyes naturally and instinctively represent the state of heart which fixes desire, hope, confidence, and expectation upon the Lord.

God is everywhere, and yet it is most natural to think of him as being above us, in that glory land which lies beyond the skies. “O Thou that dwellest in the heavens”, just sets forth,the unsophisticated idea of a child of God in distress: God is, God is in heaven, God resides in one place, and God is evermore the same, therefore will I look to Him. When we cannot look to any helper on a level with us, it is greatly wise to look above us; in fact, if we have a thousand helpers, our eyes should still be toward the Lord.

The higher the Lord is the better for our faith, since that height represents power, glory, and excellence, and these will be all engaged on our behalf. We ought to be very thankful for spiritual eyes; the blind men of this world, however much of human learning they may possess, cannot behold our God, for in heavenly matters they are devoid of sight. Yet we must use our eyes with resolution, for they will not go upward to the Lord of themselves, but they incline to look downward, or inward, or anywhere but to the Lord: let it be our firm resolve that the heavenward glance shall not be lacking.

If we cannot see God, at least we will look towards Him. God is in heaven as a king in His palace; He is here revealed, adored, and glorified: thence He looks down on the world and sends succours to His saints as their needs demand; hence we look up, even when our sorrow is so great that we can do no more. It is a blessed condescension on God’s part that He permits us to lift up our eyes to His glorious high throne; yea, more, that He invites and even commands us so to do. When we are looking to the Lord in hope, it is well to tell Him so in prayer: the Psalmist uses his voice as well as his eye. We need not speak in prayer; a glance of the eye will do it all; for—

“Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near.”

Still, it is helpful to the heart to use the tongue, and we do well to address ourselves in words and sentences to the God who heareth His people. It is no small joy that our God is always at home: He is not on a journey, like Baal, but He dwells in the heavens. Let us think no hour of the day inopportune for waiting upon the Lord; no watch of the night too dark for us to look to Him.

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; Thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth!” [Ps 80:1]

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