{Wednesday} February 8, 2017

Day 3 – Psalm 119:17-24 – Gimel (Click here)

Have you ever tried to describe the ocean to someone who has never experienced it before?  You can explain what the sound of the waves crashing against the shore is like.  You can describe the feeling of sinking your toes into the sand.  You can paint a picture with your words about the sparkle of the water as the sun shimmers across it.  But none of those things can compare to the actual experience of standing in the surf.  In verse 18 the psalmist writes, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  We can read the Word of God.  We can study it, memorize it, and talk about it.  But unless God opens our eyes to the wonderful things in His law, we cannot actually experience the life changing power of His word.

There are three important truths for us to grasp here.  First, God’s Word is full of wonderful things.  Do you love the Word of God?  Do you make it a priority in your life and allow it to be the standard by which you judge all things?  Are you growing in your understanding of God’s Word and your discipline in studying it?  If not, commit to a reading plan, join a home group, set aside time in your schedule every day to read the Bible and ask someone to help you stay focused on these commitments.

Second, we cannot experience the life changing power of the Word of God unless He enables us to understand it.  Paul echoes this in Ephesians 1:18. He writes, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…”  We need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the truth of God’s Word and the hope of the Gospel it reveals to us.  Without the eye opening work of the Spirit, we are like the person trying to experience the ocean without ever having actually visited the beach.

Lastly, we must pray diligently for God to open our eyes to the wonders of his Word.  We cannot just read the scriptures and rely on our own intelligence to discern its meaning and implications.  We also cannot simply pray for God to reveal His will and His ways to us through our own impressions and emotions.  Instead we must diligently read God’s Word and faithfully pray for God’s Spirit to open our eyes to His truth.  As you engage with the Word of God, begin by asking God to open your eyes and your heart to what you are reading.  Approach the scriptures humbly, eagerly, and expectantly and trust that the eye opening work of the Spirit in conjunction with the wonderful truth contained in the Word of God will transform you and lead you in a life that honors and glorifies the Lord.

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