“My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies,”
Psalm 25:15, NLT
All of Psalm 25 focuses on trusting in the LORD and declaring loyalty to him. David recognizes that his eyes and heart focusing upon God are what allow him to move through any opposition. We are able to stand up to any opposing forces when our eyes rest upon the LORD.
Have you ever demanded God to rescue you? Maybe you have prayed negative things against your enemies. Perhaps you have waited upon God’s rescue from an enemy or a situation, but never actually turned yourself over to him.
It’s easy to isolate ourselves in a way where we wait on the world and people to change around us without ever really allowing ourselves to change. We hold onto our beliefs, standards, and ways so strongly that when it comes to God we aren’t actually allowing him to take control. There’s a checklist in our minds of how things are supposed to go. There is a list of ways for how God ought to rescue us (and condemn others). This is toxic.
When we start outlining how God needs to “fix” our situations, we begin to limit him. God wants to work outside the lines. This desperate need for control binds God in such a way that our prayers don’t get answered. Sometimes we even end up blaming God for not fixing our lives. Reality check: we are the problem. Our prayers ought to sound less like “God fix this” and more like “Help me to handle this and be with me in this mess”.
This checklist and process we demand from God in our rescue does not actually mean that our eyes are on the LORD. It really just means we expertly devised an impossible obstacle course. Impossible because it runs by our own rules, changes with our daily emotions, and attempts to please an ungrateful soul.
David’s psalms and praises were not because God had earned them or did things as David had planned, but because David focused upon God’s innate goodness and praised him in that. Praising God and focusing on him is what carried David through the difficult situations he encountered.
Focusing on God brings peace to our situation. When we think about his goodness, we are reminded that he is greater than any hardship or challenge we encounter. We are able to find solace in knowing that no matter where we are, he is with us, he is for us, and he loves us.
God does not need your permission, your plan, or even your request to save you from the traps of your enemies. He is well aware of your situation. All he wants is you—for you to focus on his goodness and align your heart with his. When you ask him to lead your heart, you become more like him. His goodness then fills you up. And in the end, that is what rescues us from any evil—God’s goodness. Godliness in us is what protects our hearts from our own selfish traps. Viewing others with a Godly lens even prevents enemies in the first place! So let’s take a step back, breathe in deep, let go, and look up. May our eyes always be upon the LORD as he rescues us from our enemies.
Devotional written by Heather & Daniel Christy. Graphic designed by Isaac Taleno.