The Psalmist looks to the Lord, lifting his eyes and his gaze toward God, the one who rules and reigns, enthroned in the heavens, making his abode in the heavenly places. We see that the act of looking to God is the need for his mercy and dependence upon Him. The example the psalmist uses is the act of a slave looking up to his master. The slave is completely dependent on their master for sustenance and provisions, the need for mercy is incredible as a slave is bonded and cannot provide for himself. He is completely and wholeheartedly in dependence upon their master. And so it is the dependence that the psalmist looks to the Lord. He cries for mercy i absolute desperation, knowing that he is completely helpless on his own. Despite their situation, the ridicule and the contempt they experience, they can look toward the Living God because God is merciful and He hears the cries of His people.