Life is not a level path. In this world we will experience trouble, joy, sorrow, anger, disappointment, and hope. How do we walk level in the midst of broken pathways, how do we develop habits and rhythms of life that continue to allow God to shape and form us? The habits we form shape the people we become. The rhythms of life we keep reveal much about us and what is important to us. The season of lent is a time to reexamine and allow God to reshape and reform us as we follow Him.
Week 7: Praise and Adoration
Key Scripture: Psalm 121
Writer: Jordan Clark
Big Idea: Praise lifts our eyes to God. Proper view of God. In Hebrew, hallelu means “praise”, but it’s a command and an invitation to praise. Yah in Hebrew is the personal name of God, Yahweh. So often when we praise God it’s when we “feel” like it, but here we are commanded to place our circumstances in light of God who is worthy to be praised under all circumstances.
I grew up playing soccer. When I was in high school I started playing center midfield. This is a position I had never played before and one that required vision of the field. The first few games I did not play well. I would dribble with my head down, afraid I didn’t have enough time to look up and find a teammate to pass to. So I would panic, take a guess, and hope the ball made it to one of my teammates.
My dad would always tell me to look up before I passed the ball. It seems easy when you watch professionals play, but it’s a lot harder than it looks! When the other team came sprinting at me to take the ball I always lost my composure. Although it took practice and didn’t feel natural at first, after a few games I improved. I learned to receive the ball, lift up my head, and make a good decision about what to do next.
I find myself repeating this same pattern in my daily life. In moments when I feel stressed or under pressure, I often make a quick decision without pausing to lift my eyes toward God and ask for His
guidance. In verse 1 David writes, “I lift my eyes up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
David is acknowledging the power of God’s presence, and his need for guidance and wisdom in times of trouble. It’s so easy to catch ourselves with our heads down, whether it’s in work, school, or technology. We can often feel too busy and distracted to pause and look to Jesus for counsel. The physical act of lifting up our heads and pointing our eyes to Jesus is so valuable. It gives us perspective, guides us in making good decisions, and reminds us of the beauty of God’s creation.
Reading: Psalm 121
- Share a time in your faith journey when you have caught yourself with your eyes down. What turned your eyes away from God? What brought your eyes back to Him?
- The phrase, “watches over you” is repeated five times in this Psalm. What does that mean to you?
- Think about a time when it felt like God had forgotten about you. How can these words from David give you hope the next time you don’t feel God’s presence in your situation?
- How often do you look to God for help? What are areas where you could use His counsel right now?
- Describe a rhythm or discipline in your life that helps you to lift your eyes up to God. (This could be a habit you already have or one you aspire to start!)
March 12th: Psalm 146
March 13th: Psalm 35
March 14th: Psalm 56
March 15th: Psalm 136
March 16th: Psalm 118
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