Reading: Psalm 123
Verse Two: “Our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy.”
There is a perseverance in today’s Psalm that we would do well to model. There is a confidence in God that we would do well to emulate. There is a deep trust in God’s faithfulness that we would do well to hold fast to. There is a humble plea for God’s mercy that we would do well to lift up over and over each day.
A circle shows unity, wholeness, togetherness, belonging. When one sits in the circle in certain communities, one has voice, standing, worth in that community. As we gather around a person in need of prayer and lay hands upon them, they are surrounded by the circle yet in it as we connect through our touch. As we circle around a loved one in the hospital bed as they cross over to Jesus, we circle them in prayer and hold hands to connect together in love, support, and prayer. In youth group and other gatherings at the church, we form a circle, hold hands, and lift our communal prayers to God. In the circle, we are one with each another and one with God.
We can also draw circles around things. We circle dates on the calendar that are significant and important. We circle things in ads at Christmas time, indicating what we would value as gifts. We can also circle God in our prayers. This is what the psalmist means when he writes, “Our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy.” Just as the slave looks to the master and the maid looks to her mistress, we too lift our prayers and fix our gaze on the One who is our God and King. We too look to God and circle Him with our prayers. We pray over and over and over as we circle God with our prayers for mercy or healing or guidance or forgiveness or…
As we circle God with our prayers, we are seeking unity and connection. As we circle God with our prayers, we are persevering in what we desire; we are trusting in God’s love and mercy and care. This day may we pray through as we circle God with our prayers, becoming one with God as we pray.