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Servant Eyes Psalm 123

Servant Eyes

For thousands of years, we have been looking down to avoid the bite of deadly serpents. Now, the time has come to lift our eyes to God.

At a Glance

Anthropologist Lynne A. Isbell, in her book The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well says that our distant relatives developed an exceptional ability to see and identify objects that were close by and in front of them. Those who had this ability were able to avoid snakebites -- a very real threat to human life, one that still kills 150,000 people a year. She says that looking down was crucial to the survival of human beings; the psalmist says that lifting our eyes, not dropping them, is key for a meaningful relationship with the Creator.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this Old Testament text, see "Deborah's Memoir," November 13, 2005, at

Snake eyes.

That's what you see when you roll a pair of dice and get two ones. It's a loser in many games, and often associated with bad luck.

Our ancestors had snake eyes.

But for them, it was really quite lucky.

Over time, our ancient relatives developed eyes that enabled them to detect and...

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