Psalm 123 The Passion Translation (TPT)
It is the limitless inspiration of the Spirit at work in God’s children Who guides each one to rise or ascend in spiritual understanding; to learn how to better use the measure of faith each has been given and to appropriate grace to reach the next level. Think about a stairway; a flight of stairs usually with landings to pass from one level to another. Scripture teaches God’s children move from one level of glory to another level of glory. As Jacob slept one night he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to the heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway (Gen. 28:12). In his second letter to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul writes, “We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (3:18).
In our passage today, the psalmist sings of the stairway; a way to ascend to God and discover more of his mercy and grace. Jesus is the Stairway who radiates the glory of the Father (Heb. 1:3). When life gets difficult, we want to ascend to receive help from God. However, every day whether the climb on the Stairway is challenging or effortless, we should desire to ascend for the passionate longing of God’s company. Remember, God desires to show you his mercy and grace found only in Christ. God will respond to your call for help when life leaves you feeling mistreated.
Psalm 123 A Prayer for Mercy
A song of the stairway
1 O God-Enthroned in heaven, I lift my eyes toward you in worship.
2 The way I love you
is like the way a servant wants to please his master,
the way a maid waits for the orders of her mistress.
We look to you, our God, with passionate longing
to please you and discover more of your mercy and grace.
3–4 For we’ve had more than our fill of this scoffing and scorn—
this mistreatment by the wealthy elite.
Lord, show us your mercy!
Lord, show us your grace!
Prayer: Lord, I worship you and wait for communion with you; truly, my heart longs to enjoy the pleasure of your company. Thank you for making yourself available to me. Thank you for the mercy and grace you lavishly pour over my life and the lives of my loved ones. In Jesus’ name. Amen.