Looking Up

Looking Up
By David McCasland

Psalm 146:1-10

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.
Psalm 146:8

An article in the Surgical Technology International journal says that looking down at a smart phone with your head bent forward is the equivalent of having a 60-pound weight on your neck. When we consider that millions of people around the world spend an average of 2-4 hours daily reading and texting, the resulting damage to neck and spine becomes a growing health concern.

It is also easy to become spiritually bowed down by the burdens of life. How often we find ourselves discouraged by the problems we face and the needs of those we love. The psalmist understood this weight of concern yet saw hope as he wrote about “the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—[who] remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous” (Ps. 146:6-8).

When we consider God’s care, His great power, and His loving heart, we can begin to look up and praise Him. We can walk through each day knowing that “the Lord reigns forever . . . for all generations” (v. 10).

He lifts us up when we are bowed down. Praise the Lord!

O Lord, lift our eyes to see Your power and love today so we can raise our heads and our hearts in grateful praise to You.

Faith in God’s goodness puts a song in your heart.

Insight
In today’s psalm, the psalmist responds in grateful worship as he reflects on the greatness and grace of God. He invites us to trust the Lord, to look to Him for help, and to place our hope in Him. He is the omnipotent, eternal God, the Creator who is forever faithful (vv. 5–6), just, benevolent, gracious, compassionate, and loving (vv. 7–9). The psalmist’s message is a simple one: Trust in God, not in man, for only those who trust God can be truly blessed.

Why Leaders Get Weary

pastorsleepWhen we think of the leaders who are in our lives, we tend to believe they are Superman or Wonder Woman. They have such strength, knowledge, wisdom, and the get up and go like a lion, in which we are all amazed to see. Though we believe our leaders are always ready and available at our beckon call, they do get weary.

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” As much as we may know this scripture, God’s leaders do get weary. To be weary means to feel tired, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.

Our leaders are up all night praying and covering us while we are asleep. They are there to council us when we are in a crisis. They run to and fro from the hospital when we request their presence. They pour their heart into their sermons and teaching sessions making sure we receive ALL the Lord has for us to receive. And after all of this is done, the leader is exhausted and tired, and weak.

I know you may say leaders do not get weak, but I have an example to give you to show you they do get weak and we need to do all we can to keep them strengthened in the work of the Lord. In Exodus 17 there was a battle between Amalek and Israel in Rephidim. Rephidim’s meaning is a place of Rest, but the enemy began to attack in this place. God’s leader (Moses, under God’s direction) led the people to a place where their souls could rest from their journey.

Moses instructed Joshua to choose men who would fight, and he told him he would stand on the top of the hill for them to see him. The scripture goes on to say that while Moses hands were lifted Israel prevailed, but when he let his hands down, Amalek prevailed. Now we can dissect this in many ways, but the truth is this…Moses was tired! When our leaders are tired the enemy will come in and prevail over us, but if we learn to hold their hands up, we all will get the victory over the enemy.

Our leaders get weary because we are not keeping them lifted up in prayer. Our leaders get weary because we do not encourage them in the work of the Lord. Our leaders get weary because we do not labor in the vineyard God has assigned us to labor in. Our leaders get weary because we do not support the ministry financially. The list can go on and on concerning our leaders being weary. Galatians 6:6 GNT says, “If you are being taught the Christian message, you should share all the good things you have with your teacher.” In order for our leaders to not fall in the weary category we must share what our leaders have given us by the way we communicate back to them their lessons. We do this by allowing them to see change in our lives. We communicate to our leaders by keeping them lifted in prayer. We communicate to our leaders by submitting to their authority according to Hebrews 13:17.

We must begin to take on the attitude of Hur and Aaron when they held up Moses hands to help the people succeed. The scripture says we must bear one another’s burdens because this is how we are fulfilling the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Our Pastors/Leaders do get tired, and they miss a lot of peace and rest while attempting to make sure we do not lose our place in God. Let’s help our leaders stay in a place of a spiritual Rephidim by keeping them lifted up before the Lord.