Psa 123:1 I lift up my eyes to you,
to you whose throne is in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.
As the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress – ‘While such imagery is refreshing to those who argue against a strictly male concept of God, the imagery may be construed as oppressive to those who find themselves in positions of servitude. An image such as this is best understood in its historical context (that initial frame into which we place our own reading of a given psalm), where class lines were clear, servitude was the norm, and abuse was common.’ (Women’s Bible Commentary)
Psa 123:3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us,
for we have endured much contempt.
4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
much contempt from the arrogant.