I think about the New Year 2018, and study the Psalms in depth, I am drawn to
Psalm 121:1+2 - "I lift my eyes up
to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Maker of
heaven and earth...
" Also Psalm 123:1 -
"Unto YOU (Oh Lord) do I lift up my
am I or you looking? To Whom or to what is our attention focused? As we race towards
the end of 2017 and into 2018, what and where will my concentration or
I am in George, which is situated near the southern part of South Africa, where
my mother passed on, so we came to her funeral and to be with family for a few
weeks. George is truly a very beautiful city which is bigger than Tampere,
Finland. It is a peaceful and gorgeous place, also a tourist attraction,
surrounded by mountains, ocean, forests, lakes and scenic nature, while it also
has plenty of charming birds and friendly, delightful people of various races
and cultures. Every time I come here, I am amazed at how fast it expands and
grows. People look to it as a safe city and refuge in a land where crime has
I study the Psalms, I am in awe at how David and others focused on Father God as
their safety and refuge for all of their needs. Our focus and what we see or
experience, extends to our hearts, our emotions and our actions.
we read Acts 3:1-7 where Peter and John met a beggar at the Temple gate, we
find a fascinating fact. The beggar was sort of looking to them for money or
food. Verse 4 says; "Peter looked straight at him (the beggar) as did John.
Then Peter said; "LOOK AT US!" Peter wanted the man's eyes to be focused on
them and the healing and spiritual life they could impart to him.
this man looked, it caused him to listen, to be healed, and his life was
changed for the better. Beth Moore wrote; "Where we look - where we genuinely
fasten our gaze - amid continual life challenges, has tremendous impact on how we feel."
need to lift our eyes up, away from
our own concerns or inner feelings of turmoil or distress or daily cares. We
need to focus on Jesus and Him alone. Only He knows what tomorrow will bring. In Matt. 6:33 + 34 Jesus said;
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will
be added unto you. Therefore do
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day
has enough trouble of its own." (Emphasis mine)
is your foremost concern today? What is your worry about tomorrow? Know that
Jesus wants to be involved in every aspect of your life, that when He tells us
to NOT be anxious, that He will take care of today as well as tomorrow, as well
as 2018; that He truly means that He will take our hands and walk into tomorrow
with us. All we need to do is to "Fix our
eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set
before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right
hand of the throne of God." PRAYER:
Precious Lord Jesus, please help us to focus on You and to set our eyes on You
this coming year, so that the things of this earth, the cares of the past, will
grow dim. Help us to trust You for every detail of our lives and to have the
assurance that You are in perfect control of today, tomorrow and also of 2018
and onwards. We love You dear Jesus!