Mutual Gaze {Look}


The book of Psalms reads like a journal. It is raw, honest and unfiltered. I rather appreciate that! I most appreciate that it is always lined with a distinct focus. I came across several verses in the book of Psalms that caught my attention. They all contain the word “look”. They either refer to us looking at God or God looking at us.


It led me to begin thinking about if I truly grasp that I have the Lord’s undivided attention and where I look to, to find answers and direction.


 “Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.”  Psalm 25:18 

“Look on me and answer, O LORD my God….” Psalm 13:3

“Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.” Psalm 84:9

“Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.” Psalm 119:153

Clearly these are cries for God to notice the author. He begs for Him to care, to answer, to show favor and bring deliverance. This is the Old Testament. On this side of the cross, we don’t have to beg for God’s attention. We have it. We always have it. He is as close as the whisper of His name. His Spirit lives within us.

God delights in noticing us. He takes absolute pleasure in answering our prayers. He longs to deliver us from our suffering. God’s gaze is always toward His creation and His children. He loves us and created us for intimacy with Him. He is constant and never changing.


“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4 

“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.” Psalm 145:15

We, on the other hand, waver and look to a number of other sources for rescue. We easily forget that God is our only source. We run to people and places and favorable circumstances to bring hope and satisfaction. But those never last. They promise to deliver but they never fully come through for us.


Only in Him is hope.

Only in Him is strength.

Only in Him is provision. 

Only in Christ is EVERYTHING that we need.


What do you tend to look to as your source?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin Dance
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 08:00:02


    I love this mutuality of looking, God toward us and his children toward Him. To remember that he loves and delights in us, that he SEES us like no other, is such a comfort.

    Reading your post, I stumbled over something that gave me pause: that God longs to relieve our suffering. Ultimately, in his presence, of course, but in his word, I’ve seen how we’re to join in his suffering (Luke 9, taking up our cross and following him, Phil 1:9, Romans 8…). That is NOT my favorite part of faith :).

    Thanks for stirring thought today!


    • karina
      Feb 20, 2015 @ 13:23:59

      Robin, thank you so much for sharing!

      Praise Him for His sweet relief! Joining in His suffering is never exciting for me even though I have experienced alot of it. But, He gives us grace in it and strength to endure!

      I love you sister!!!


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