Reading Psalm 119:17-32
I pushed the door open, ran outside onto the porch, and lifted my tear-stained face to the sun; it was as though I was opening my eyes wide like a new life, truly seeing for the first time. The world looked brighter, hopeful…my life was transformed.
When God made His big move in my life, He captivated me. What was broken was now filled with new life. What was once blind could now see.
The Psalmist is asking God to open his eyes that he may see…not to see just anything but to see the wonderful things in His law. (vs. 18) When we are relying on our own vision without the Spirit we will miss what God is teaching. Without the Spirit opening our eyes, it will just be words on a page — but with the Spirit our eyes will be opened to the incredibly wonderful things in God’s Word.
When our eyes are opened fully by God to see His word, they become our favorite words, they counsel us, and we long for them (vs. 20 & 24). How do we know that? Because the Psalmist spends one hundred and seventy-six verses testifying to it.
When He opens our eyes, His words become life.
Through open eyes we gain understanding, understanding that comes from God (Proverbs 2:6). When we gain understanding, we desire a teachable heart and to learn from Him. Understanding brings strength and confidence that we have chosen the way of truth. The Psalmist, though facing the difficulties of this life, is pushing past it and telling us where to find the strength that we are desperately looking for. God calls us to more, He calls us to something deeper…past the messy world, past the worthless and meaningless. He calls us to make His priorities our priorities and to not be distracted, but focused as His followers.
When He opens our eyes not only do we gain understanding, strength and confidence but we gain direction for our life also. God sets our feet in a new direction, a direction that will not leave us lacking but fulfilled and renewed by who He is. As we sit down to study God’s Word turn Psalm 119:25-32 into a prayer…maybe it will be something like this…
God, this world can seem too heavy and weigh us down, but when I sit down in your Word I am restored and renewed. As I study, open my eyes to your truth that I may see the incredible things in your Word. Humble my heart before your Word Lord. Your Words my precious Father are my favorite; I cling to them, I treasure them. They breathe life into my weary and broken spirit. Revive and refresh me through your Word; give me understanding and help me to focus my thoughts on you. I have chosen the way of truth God; lead me as I walk in it. Guide my feet and help me to cling tightly to your Word and your promise…give me a willing heart Lord. Amen.
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