This psalm begins with the picture of a servant who knows his master so well that a simple movement of the master's hand will make the servant run to obey. The eyes of the servants look to their masters' hands to see their masters' commands. Are we such good servants of God that we can understand his commands from the slightest hint in the atmosphere? Do we wait expectantly for God to give us a task? Do we await His commands in the same way we await His mercy?
The psalmist ends the psalm by talking about scorners. So, as usual, the reader of the psalm has to figure out what the psalmist's train of thought is. How can the psalmist begin with an image of an anticipating servant and then end with thoughts of scorners?
The train of thought seems to be: Like poor servants, the religious await God's mercy, God's plans, God's commands, God's decisions. But very often religious people have to endure the contempt of the scornful and the non-religious. Yet the poor have riches the scorners know nothing of. The poor know they have a good, powerful, Master who cares for His servants. But God is often compassionate to the scorner and is able to turn the heart of the mocker toward Him.
1Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
2Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
3Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.