Written by: Tim Wood
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law. (Psalm 119:18 ESV)
An eye-opening experience is often necessary in order to see things differently. The area where I live and pastor has a serious homelessness problem. I spoke several times to Roberto, a homeless veteran near our church. He told me how he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after coming home from the war in Vietnam. Hearing his story opened my eyes. I began to see the people afflicted by this hardship with new insight and compassion. I became a more informed and caring advocate for the homeless.
Hearing Roberto’s story was an eye-opening experience and it changed me. Seeing things differently causes us to do things differently. Psalm 119:18 is a simple but powerful prayer for spiritual illumination. The Psalmist prays for an eye-opening experience. It instructs us to ask God, by His Spirit, to remove the scales from our natural eyes so we can see with supernatural eyes. Spiritual truth cannot be comprehended in a natural way, but requires a supernatural understanding.
This prayer is an admission that God’s Word is not what needs to change – it’s me. I need to change. The Psalmist didn’t need new revelation, he needed his eyes to be opened.
We should pray this prayer every time we read the Word of God. When the Spirit of God and the Word of God combine to meet eyes that have been opened by God, wondrous things happen. The Word of God contains wonderful things for us, but we will never see them without God’s help.
Pray this prayer: “Lord, I need an eye-opening experience from Your Word today. Thank you for the wonderful things you have in store for me. Amen.”