40 Days in Psalms – Day 6

Ps 25 – “If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet.”

Many years after the Psalmist penned these words, the apostle Peter got some first-hand experience. Out on the Sea of Galilee one night, he saw Jesus walking on the water towards the boat. In a bold (and somewhat brash) moment, Peter asked if he might walk to Jesus on the water, too (Matthew 14:22-32).

It started well, but then Scripture says, “When Peter saw the wind, he was afraid, and began to sink.”

Looking UpIt doesn’t take much. A simple distraction will do it. We shift our focus for a moment, then a minute, and then longer … and everything starts to unravel.

We know that our best days, and best seasons of life, come from a heart set on Jesus. Every other day we are “tripping over our own feet” whether we know it or not. This is what makes Lent so rich and meaningful. For a while — and this is just Day 6 — we devote ourselves to greater attentiveness. Our spiritual eyesight improves just a little. We fix our eyes (more often) on God. And as we do, we discover deeper peace, richer joy, and greater clarity.

The eye focused on God, the heart fixed on Christ, and the mind set on the Spirit, proves transformational.

Discouraged? Struggling? Don’t abandon your fast. Double down on it. Look more intently than ever to Him. Look above the horizon of today’s circumstances. Look beyond the trouble. Look past any fear or shame. Look around the obstacles. And see God.

Lent is an invitation to trust Christ, with scant regard for the wind and the waves. Let’s look higher today.

Breath Prayer for Today: “Looking to you, Jesus.”

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2 Responses to 40 Days in Psalms – Day 6

  1. Cheri Cancelliere says:

    Thank you, David.
    Your reflection encourages me and today’s breath prayer reminds me of the song…
    Turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full, in his wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of his glory and grace

  2. David Timms says:

    Living with that prayer on my lips today, and feeling the difference. Thanks for your note, Cheri.

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