17 Deal generously with your servant so that I might live; then I will keep your word. 18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wondrous things from your instruction. 19 I am a resident alien on earth; do not hide your commands from me. 20 I am continually overcome with longing for your judgments. 21 You rebuke the arrogant, the ones under a curse, who wander from your commands. 22 Take insult and contempt away from me, for I have kept your decrees. 23 Though princes sit together speaking against me, your servant will think about your statutes; 24 your decrees are my delight and my counselors. Psalm 119:17-24 (CSB)
You can’t read the Bible with closed eyes.
Many religions have sacred texts. Christianity is also a text-oriented faith (see Romans 10:17). However, the Bible is not merely humans words, but God-breathed revelation (see 2 Timothy 3:16). One biblical author writes, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” [Emphasis added] Hebrews 4:12 (CSB) God’s word can radically change your life (see Psalm 19:7). So, why do many not experience a refreshing when reading the Bible? Could it be they are reading with their eyes closed?
The Psalmist cries, “Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wondrous things from your instruction.” The author isn’t asking God to open his physical eyes, but rather the spiritual eyes of his heart. You can’t read the Bible with closed eyes. When approaching God’s word, we should always take the time to ask the Lord to reveal Himself. Only then will our lives be changed.
An example of this can be found in Luke 24:13-35. Certain disciples were walking with the heads held low on the road to Emmaus after the crucifixion of Jesus. Then Jesus approaches them and walks with them, but they do not recognize him. Or at least, not until he opens the Scripture to them. Then their hearts are set ablaze, and their heads were lifted out of discouragement. Could Jesus be walking with you and you not even realize it? Ask him to open the eyes of your heart.
Suggestion for Prayer
Ask God to open your eyes to contemplate wonderous things in the Bible. Repent of any sin that may be hindering your prayers.
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