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March 29, 2015

Text: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”  Psalms 119:18

With our attention focused on the baubles of this world we ignore the things that God wants us to recognize as the true riches of his kingdom. We are too busy playing with the diversions of this brief life of ours.  To be sure, what God wants us to see, we often ignore or grow indifferent to. Our eyes and our hearts are both necessary agents to stir us to embrace the lofty revelation that awaits us in the Bible. These are revelations that make us Christians, forge our souls into the lives of Christians, and lift us to the eternal life as Christians.

Clara H. Scott wrote a beautiful hymn which begins, “Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me.”  If we prayed this verse every morning we would have a good day and our lives would be changed to reflect the person of Jesus Christ.  “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the spirit.”  II Corinthians 3:18 

The writer of our text requests God to give him illumination from his word. Though this man reveals a laudable knowledge of God as he writes, he also admits that he must know more about God through God’s law.  (his word) It is necessary to admit that we all wear blinders or have cataracts, narrowing our vision of God.  And if we continue to be blinded by these self-inflicted deficiencies we will have a completely inadequate understanding of God.

From what sources do these inadequate conceptions come?  First, some come from our own imaginations. Think! “That concept may be wrong. I need to study God’s word on the subject.” Second, from the concepts of some who picked them up in some inane discussion. Third, from those who have been schooled by liberal professors. Fourth, from some people who wrongly hate God and his word. Fifth, from well-meaning families who have childishly  passed on the simplicities  and adages that they have heard, but have not studied the Bible. (I have met persons from all five of these categories.)

Once our eyes are cleared and our hearts are ready we will be able to “see” many other things from the vault of God’s word. It will be visible that our hearts discern the joy that God places in us to cherish and cheer others .  “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.”  Psalms 119:111  Paul was always glad to see joyful saints. “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.” Philippians 3:1a  Our hearts will demonstrate their bliss to others to assist and enthuse them in their difficulties.

Of course, once we have opened our eyes there will be plenty of other things that will arrest our attention also. Please let me remind you of a few.

You will see and appreciate the grace of God more clearly. “In love he predestined us for the adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with he has blessed us in the Beloved.”   Ephesians 1:4c-6

You will recognize how his blessings  have been heaped upon us. We live in a magnificent world of beauty and bounty, all for us!  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

And don’t forget to welcome the salvation of God.  Concentrate on this: God has saved us from sin, ignoring our obedience to Satan, and removing our transgressions by the blood of his Son. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of  works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…” Titus 3:4-5 

May the Lord remove all the impediments from our eyes so that we may receive all that he has to teach us.








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