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Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.

Psalms 123:1 (NKJV)

    So much of the Book of Psalms is about perspective and focusing our energies in the right direction. Psalm 123 cuts right to the chase. It makes this proclamation, "Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens."

    Of all things that the Psalmist could focus on, he chooses to focus on God and the fact that He dwells in the heavens. His focus was God, not self or man …or even the world around him. And it's this God focus that makes all the difference…not just in the Psalmist's life, but in ours, as well.

    We see the same principle played out in the life of one of Jesus’ disciples, Peter. It was in Peter’s finest hour of faith, as he stepped out of the boat and walked on the stormy sea towards Jesus, that Peter learned a powerful lesson about having a God focus. He was overcoming the elements all around him, yet the Bible tells us that when he took his eyes off Jesus and started to look at the storm, he lost his God focus and began to sink.

    That's a powerful picture of what happens to us when we take our eyes off the One who dwells in the heavens. We lose our God focus and place it on things that invariably cause us to sink and succumb to the storms of life.

    But equally important to note is that Peter regained his focus as he cried out to Jesus, "Lord, save me!" And Jesus did. This shows us that just because we lose our focus on Him, it doesn't mean it has to stay lost. It can be restored when we recognize our error and call out to Him with a true and sincere heart. 


Glenn Murphy, Pastor
Grace Church of Central