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My Eyes Are Continually Toward the LORD

November 3, 2019

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My Eyes Are Continually Toward the LORD

Keeping focused  is vital  in many situations.       Keep your eye on the ball  when playing tennis.      Keep your mind on studying  when you want to pass a test.      Keep your eyes on the road and traffic  while driving.      We need  to also stay focused spiritually,  so that we won’t get suckered  into false doctrines  or fall into devastating sins.      When Psalm 25:15 describes a child of God’s focus,  it says,

My eyes are continually  toward the LORD.

In every kind of circumstance in life  —  whether in good times or bad  —  we need to stay focused  on the LORD,  in order to safely stay  on the right path,  without stumbling.      This idea of keeping our eyes  and focus  on the Lord  is repeated often throughout scriptures.      Here are only a few.

Psalm 123:1
To You  I lift up my eyes,
O Thou  who art enthroned  in the heavens!

Psalm 26:3
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked  in Your truth.

Psalm 119:18
Open my eyes,  that I may behold
Wonderful things  from Your law.

Psalm 141:8
For my eyes are toward You,  O GOD,  the Lord;
In You  I take refuge;  do not leave me defenseless.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise  in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD  and turn away from evil.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that  the eyes of your heart  may be enlightened,  so that you may know  what is the hope  of His calling,  what are the riches  of the glory  of His inheritance  in the saints.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Let us also  lay aside every encumbrance,  and the sin  which so easily entangles us,  and let us run  with endurance  the race that is set  before us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus,  the author  and perfecter  of faith.

Jesus is referred to  as our Good Shepherd,  who takes care of His sheep.      When a flock of sheep  gets discombobulated  by oncoming danger,  they fearfully scatter,  if they forget to look  to the safety  of their shepherd.      If the sheep  don’t keep their eyes  on where their shepherd is,  they can easily wander  from the safety of the flock,  becoming an easy target  of predators.

Just as it is vital  for sheep  to keep their focus  on their shepherd,  it is vital  for us  to stay focused on Jesus  and the salvation  He gives to all  who look to Him.      Throughout God’s word,  we are called God’s sheep.      There is a very good reason  for God to use  this analogy.      When we’re in deep trouble,  it is so easy  for us  to lose our focus  on Jesus.      But,  even when we have an abundance  of blessings,  we easily lose focus  on our Lord,  who gave all the blessings,  because we are happy about the blessing,  instead of being happy  over the Giver  of the blessing.      We really are like sheep  in need  of a good Shepherd.

As Jesus’  beloved sheep  and lambs,  we fix our eyes  on Jesus,  our Good Shepherd,  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  help us to  always focus  on You  and the salvation  Your suffering, death, and resurrection  brings to us.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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