What Does Psalm 119:18 Mean?

Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.

Psalm 119:18(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

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 which should stir our hearts to search the Scriptures daily. And in our search, we will 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. 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."

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 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.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray that You will open my eyes, that I too may behold wonderful things from Your Law. Open my eyes so that I may contemplate the glories of Your person and gain nourishment from Your instruction. Open my eyes, I pray, to see the wonderful truths in the precious Word of God. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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