VERSE OF THE DAY
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
Widen my perspective to see the truth in your laws that you may teach me instructions of your law
Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. The scriptures in the bible, contain, wonderful, truths, about life. But by far, the most wonderful thing, contained in the bible, is God’s love for us.
What Does Psalm 119:18 Mean? ►
Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.
This lengthy but beautifully written Psalm has its entire focus on the Word of God, which contains the instructions of our Heavenly Father. How we need the Word of God, for it is our daily food, and it is refreshment for our souls. How we should treasure the Word of God, for it is our guide and teacher, our strength, and our defence. How we should read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Word of God, for it is life and health, it is peace and light, it is joy and hope.
And as the Psalmist trawls the depth of its treasures, his whispered prayer is: “Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your Law.”
We are not only servants and students of the Word, but we are sons and daughters of its Author, and so that should stir our hearts to search the Scriptures daily to discover the truths in which the Lord desires to teach and train us, as well as the areas in which He seeks to guard and correct us. As His children, we should treasure His Word in our heart that we might not sin against Him, and as we reach for our Bible, our prayer should mirror that of the Psalmist: “Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your Law.”
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We need to ensure that our eyes are wide open to all that is in the Word as we saturate ourselves in His wonderful ways and reflect on the beauty of His person. We should crave for the milk of the Word so that we may grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and we should meditate upon the meat of the Word so that we may walk in spirit and truth and live in submission to the guiding of the Spirit.
Day by day, our prayer should be: “Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your Law.”
When our eyes are open and earnestly looking to Jesus, they are not searching out the things of this world. When our heart is gasping for the Lord, it is not lusting after the things of the flesh. But when our eyes are closed in disinterest or discouragement, our own imagination can be funnelled in to a wrong direction.
Let us look to the Lord in excitement and open our eyes in prayerful expectation that we will see the wonderful things that are written in Scripture and contemplate on the glories that are contained in the Word of God.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
From our perspective of grace and having been liberated from law-keeping as a means of justification and righteousness, this is a very fitting prayer. We can look around our world and see the anarchy and brutality when there is no principle of law undergirding the soul of a society. God’s law provided so many wonderful blessings, and can still bless us today if we will let it. But the greatest blessing of the O.T. Law is Jesus, in whom all of God’s promises find their fulfillment.
Holy Father, thank you for your righteousness. I know that you will dispense justice and settle all injustice when you judge the earth. This gives me comfort because I know that through Jesus, you see me as your righteous child. My prayer today is that I can live in a way that brings honor to you and reflects the character of your Son when he walked this earth. In his name, Jesus my Lord and Messiah, I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Makes the Difference? | Psalm 119:18
What Makes the Difference? | Psalm 119:18
Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.
Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. Psalms 119:18 (The Message)
The new year faces each of us. I ask myself, “how will this year be different? How am I going to bear the cross? Will it be the same old stuff, or will I experience a spiritual breakthrough?” Instead of telling myself, “Lord, I don’t know how I am going to do this year,” I need to say “Lord, I can‘t wait to see how YOU do this!”
Let’s look back over our year together. In 2018 we’ve reflected upon the seven churches in Revelation, the four days that changed the world, our ethos: living in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus, the sermon on the mount, being a good neighbor, the life of the prophet Elijah, and filling up Christmas. It’s not about what we do, but who we are. It’s being God’s people, in whatever he asks us to do and wherever he asks us to go. When we walk with the Holy Spirit, in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus, we do what God wants us to do. It’s he himself who fills our life with goodness.
Let’s imagine a miracle in your life, something that credit can only be given to God. What needs to happen to make your relationship with God deeper and stronger? Take a moment to be quiet and listen for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Pray for it. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). “If we ask anything according to his will he hears us” (1 John 5:14).