Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes so that I may see wonderful things in Your law”
Isn’t it amazing at a crime scene, the crime scene investigators are able to spot things that the untrained eye would not see. These men and women are trained to look for things that others would not even consider for a moment. It is amazing that two people can look at the exact same thing and see different things.
What do you read in the following example: “GODISNOWHERE”? Did you see “God is no where?” Many people initially see this. However, can you see that it also reads “God is now here?” Perhaps you just said yourself, “WOW,” I didn’t see both statements. In the same light there can be two people that look into God’s Law, into God’s Word, and not see the same thing. The Psalmist prefaces his statement “open my eyes…,” with “Deal generously with Your servant, so that I might live; then I will keep Your word.” He desired that God deal liberally, open-handed, with great kindness, so that he might live, because if God is not dealing kindly with him how can he live? As God is dealing kindly and generously with him he will keep God’s Word. He calls himself God’s servant, and a servant does what the Master says. Three times, The Lord called out to Samuel and initially Samuel didn’t realize the voice of the Lord, but when it was told to him by Eli that the voice was God’s voice, he was to respond accordingly to God. Therefore the very next time this took place the Bible says, “Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears”, (1Samuel 3).”
The Psalmist in this same humble attitude desired his eyes to be open, so that he might see the wonderful things in God’s law! Everything in God’s law in God’s Word is wonderful. Just think of the word “wonderful” which means “full-of-wonder.” Proverbs 30:18–19 tells us, “18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: 19The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin”. Do you comprehend these things, I think not. One cannot put the love for his or her spouse under a microscope and understand in fullness the complexities of that relationship. God’s Word is certainly full of wonder, but when one is a servant of the Master, then the Master can point out and illuminate His Word to His servant. Why is this? Because the servant (insert your name) can say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening…open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.”
The spiritual senses are engaged when receiving what God desires you to hear, to see, to know, to learn, and to do in accordance and obedience to His Word. It is one thing to hear a preacher, to read a Christian book, hear a sermon, read a devotional or article based on God’s Word, but it is an entirely more intimate experience when God shows YOU in His Word apart from someone else’s echoing of God’s Word. I have learned so much through mature Christian brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as through seasoned Christian leaders who chose to stay biblical no matter where the “theological wind” was blowing at the time. However, I have learned most through spending time with Jesus in prayer, in Bible reading, in journaling thoughts, in memorizing His Word, in meditating on His Word, and in sharing His Word with others. God’s Word is like an archeological dig, there is so much to “unearth” or should I say “unheaven” beneath the pages of God’s Word, or rather within the pages of His Word. Reading through the beginning of Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, which is predominantly about God’s law, God’s Word, is when God showed me these great nuggets that you are reading today. It all started with this one verse that God seemed to illuminate off the page to me, and before I knew it, this message began to brew in my spirit, and then onto the computer screen. Is God’s Word being illuminated to you? If He is your Master and you are His servant then call out to him in the same attitude of Samuel and the Psalmist, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening…open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.”
Seek the Lord today as a servant, when you do, I’m sure you will begin to look into God’s Word and He will illuminate things to you, that were always there, but that you have never seen before. The more I grow in God’s Word, the more this takes place. If I may, I would love to suggest this wonderful resource which will help you on this journey? Find Herman Who? (DVD) at Wretchedradio.com. Also consider journaling the things that God speaks to you and going back to read the wonderful things he has shown you. Lastly, if appropriate, share those things God opened your eyes to with others and encourage them to do as you have done. Remember God said in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void (empty, fruitless) But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Until the nets are filled…Blessings Phil The Evangelist