“(I will) fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God”.
Ps 42:11 EHP
A golfer put his tee shot in long grass just about thirty centimetres short of a water hazard on a short par-three hole. Walking up to it, and showing relief at it being playable, he exclaimed, “I’m not in the water!” His opponent craftily remarked “Not yet”. Sure enough, taking out his club, he looked at the water several times, then at his ball. Eventually he swung – and the ball trickled into the pond!
The poet in Psalm 42 talked to himself and told himself to fix his eyes on the right place – on God. He knew it was important to keep God in focus. That was the only way to get everything else into perspective. Looking to God, waiting for God, listening to God, praising God, praying to God – these are all spiritual actions that help the believer to cope with all the problems, the distractions, failures and disappointments that prevent a person from a having strong faith and a calm attitude. The psalmist had known it before, and he knew that it could happen again – that God could put a smile on his face and a song in his heart.
The Epistle to the Hebrews gives Christian disciples the same good advice: “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end” (Heb 12:2 GNB). If you concentrate on the temptations, magnify the problems, worry about the doubts, and talk about the difficulties, you will develop a negative attitude that will eat away at your confidence. Get your eyes right – on Jesus, and keep them there.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to focus on Jesus and him alone.