To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Psalm 123:1 ESV
Charles Dickens suggested it was a problem with people who considered themselves to be like signposts (giving direction to others) that, like signposts, they themselves had rarely been to the place they suggested. It is better for us surely to have our eyes fixed on our goal than to risk being delayed (or misdirected) by looking at signposts (however attractive) along the way.
Charles Spurgeon commented on Psalm 123:1….
“It is good to have someone to look up to. The Psalmist looked so high that he could look no higher. Not to the hills (Psalm 121) but to the God of the hills he looked. He believed in a personal God, and knew nothing of that modern pantheism which is nothing more than atheism wearing a figleaf. The uplifted eyes naturally and instinctively represent the state of the heart which fixes desire, hope, confidence, and expectation upon the Lord. God is everywhere, and yet it is most natural to think of him as being above us, in that glory-land which lies beyond the skies. “O you who are enthroned in the heavens,’ just sets forth the unsophisticated idea of a child of God in distress; God is, God is in heaven, God resides in one place, and God is evermore the same, therefore will I look to Him.
“When we cannot look to any helper on a level with us it is greatly wise to look above us; in fact, if we have a thousand helpers, our eyes should still be toward the lord. The higher the Lord is, the better for our faith, since that height represents power, glory, and excellence, and these will be all engaged on our behalf. We ought to be very thankful for spiritual eyes; the blind men of this world, however much of human learning they may possess, cannot behold our God, for in heavenly matters they are devoid of sight.
“Yet we must use our eyes with resolution, for they will not go upward to the Lord of themselves, but they incline to look downward, or inward, or anywhere but to the Lord: let it be our firm resolve that the heavenward glance shall not be lacking. If we cannot see God, at least we will look towards him.
“God is in heaven as a king in his palace; he is there revealed, adored and glorified: thence he looks down on the world and sends (help) to his saints as their needs demand: hence we look up, even when our sorrow is so great that we can do no more.”
From Charles Spurgeon in The Treasury of David