Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. ~Psalm 119:18
One of the most profitable studies every Christian should do is a study of the prayers of the Bible. These prayers are an excellent model of how we should approach the throne of grace. Several of these prayers teach us how to pray effectively before God. Let us see one of several prayer requests we can make that is never refused a positive response.
We see a request that is explicit.
The psalmist makes a specific request that his eyes be opened to behold all the wonderful truths contained in the Word of God. Satan is the god of this world, who blinds the minds of men. Satan uses distractions, distortions, and disappointments to blind our minds. We read in Luke 24 of two disciples who are walking on the road to Emmaus and talking with Jesus, but whose eyes were holden. If we read the Word of God carelessly or like we read secular books, we will miss many wonderful things. The psalmist prayed that his eyes would be so opened that he would uncover all of the wonderful things that would change and help his life.
We see a request that is exemplary.
There are many noble and important things we should pray for. We should pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We should pray for laborers for the harvest. We should pray for one another. However, a daily request of every Christian is that God will open our eyes widely when we read and study His Word. In Ps. 119:16-24, the psalmist has a hunger and intense desire for God’s Word. In vs. 20, he said, “My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.” Deep within his heart, there was an earnest craving for God’s Word. In fact, he said he was breaking within for the judgments of God. This is our request when we are going through a trial or difficult time. We want to know God’s Word for us in our moment of difficulty.
We see a request that is extensive.
In this psalm, we see the means by which God will open our eyes to behold wondrous things. We must be teachable. “Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes,” vs. 12. We must give ourselves to meditation. “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways,” vs. 15. We must give ourselves wholly to the Word. “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word,” vs. 17. We must be approach God’s Word reverently and with humility, vs. 17. “Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.” This prayer request is not one that is casual: it is a request that is filled with conviction and concentration.
We see a request that is exalted.
God answers this prayer! When our eyes our opened to the Word, there is enhanced obedience. When our eyes are opened to the Word, there is the enabling of faith. When our eyes are opened to the Word, there is the enjoyment of peace and rejoicing. When our eyes are opened to the Word, there is exercise of duty. God delights to answer the prayer for the opening of our eyes in beholding wondrous things from His Word.
Opened eyes give us wisdom that the world does not have. Opened eyes give us promises that are indispensable to our success. Opened eyes give us illumination for our daily walk. If there is one thing we should pray for that God honors, it is for our eyes to be opened to His Word. Be a Christian who is wide-eyed: pray for opened eyes to God’s precious Word!
Have an eye-opening God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 74-77