“Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your Law.” (Psalm 119:18, NKJV)
Watching the eyes widen and dance … hearing the excitement in their little voices … it is a wonderful thing to see! What is? When a child has a new book put in their pudgy little hands at the store with the exciting and colorful graphics on full display!
Oh, I know that the thrill of that new book may not last for long … but sometimes it does … and in so many cases when the child grows up and becomes a parent and it is their turn to place the book in the hands of the child … they remember!
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible comprised of some 176 verses and would not be on the top 10 list of passages for those who are younger to check off on their Daily Bible Reading assignment!
Perhaps it’s not even on the radar for many adults as well! But, oh what treasures and riches one misses by not spending time in this beautiful chapter in the Book of Psalms!
The writer, whoever he was, had a deep desire to see with the “eyes of his understanding” … the wondrous things to be gleaned and treasured up in his heart!
Make no mistake … the inspired writer of this psalm was not looking for or seeking after some new revelation. He is asking His God to help him “open his eyes” to behold the wonderful and wondrous nuggets of truth that were already there! They are waiting for each of us to discover … reflect upon … accept as His truth … and act upon!
There is a wonderful old hymn written by Clara H. Scott in 1895 entitled ‘Open My Eyes, That I May See’. The first verse expresses so clearly the attitude of the writer of Psalm 119 … ‘Open my eyes, that I may see Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me …”
Perhaps we would do well as the people of God to sing this song and others like it that are such wonderful reminders that we need to hear daily!
I seriously doubt that most of us would just openly confess that we don’t read … study … and meditate … on God’s Word as we should!
And even if we are willing to concede in our heart of hearts this is true … there is only one way to remedy the situation! The writer was clearly a person who was just not satisfied with his level of the knowledge of God and His Word! Are we?
The writer knew without any reservation or hesitation this truth … there were still so many more lessons to learn in the school of life … and it was not his desire to miss out on any of them! Do we feel like this?
We never … never … outgrow our need for inspired words of God … regardless of how long we have been serving Him as our Lord and Master … or how long our journey of walking with the Savior entails … we will always need His Word (Psalm 119:169-172).
Consider this thought: the writer of this psalm was not satisfied … not content … with simply having God’s law around the house … or in his head … or even on a scroll unrolled in his hands!
He wanted … he needed … God’s truths to be treasured up in his own heart with the knowledge that God’s truth would enable him to love even more what was holy … and show him the ways of God to do what was right from God’s view (Psalm 119:104, 105).
The entirety of Psalm 119 describes not only the ever-changing seasons and circumstances in his life … but speaks of his deep desire and devotion to the Lord regardless. Do we have that same resolve?
Hopefully, we have all come to the point of firmly believing in the unchangeable nature of God and the revealed truths of His Book!
Every sincere individual who opens God’s Book with a pure and honest motive will come to admit that God’s Word provides for mankind a living record (Hebrews 4:12) of God’s wonder!
Oh my … my friends and brethren … when we look into His Book … how can we but be amazed at its content … its order … its accuracy … its comfort. And what we see and learn cannot be kept in silence.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples.” (1 Chronicles 16:24)
“Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalm 40:5)
The way we treat the Word of God is actually the way we are treating the God of the Word!
Bill Fairchild, Jr.
So … how’s that daily Bible study going in your life?