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Open My Eyes

January 6, 2015

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Open My Eyes

We might like  to imagine  that we know  a lot  about life  in this ol’ world,  but really,  there is so much more  about life  that we don’t know  —  than what we do know.     We have not seen God Almighty,  our Creator,  but all the wonders  of creation  are evidence  of His intelligence,  love,  and absolute power  to sustain  all things.     We have not been  to heaven,  but the Bible’s descriptions  make us realize  that heaven actually is  far beyond  our imagination  —  not to mention hell.

So,  when it comes  to the things  of God,  we are all  in need  of some sort  of means  of being able  to fathom  who God is  —  what He  is like  —  what He expects  of us  —  what our limitations are  —  how  we need  to be,  and all sorts  of things  like that.     Realizing  that we are just a creation  of God  should lead us  to humbly accept  that we are dependent  upon Him  for all  our needs  —  and knowledge  of Him.

With this  in mind,  how should we approach God?     The psalmist approached God  with an honest prayer  in Psalm 119:17-18,

Deal bountifully  with Your servant,
That I may live  and keep  Your word.
Open my eyes,  that I may behold
Wonderful things  from Your law.

As a created being,  the psalmist is praying  that God  would graciously  be kind  and merciful  to him.     He realizes  that he needs  God’s mercy  “that I may live  and keep  Your word.”     We all need God  in our daily lives  so that we can have  the wherewithal  to live appropriately,  according to the truths  of our being  —  knowing that God is also  our Judge  and we will have  to answer  to Him  in the end,  whether we want to  or not.

Since absolutely everyone  will have  to face  God’s judgment  in the end,  we need  to be aware  of that fact now  —  not after  we have died,  when it’s too late.     Knowing that he didn’t  have the ability  to understand God  all by himself,  the psalmist prays,  Open my eyes,  that I may behold  wonderful things  from Your law.”     God’s  “law”  includes all of His word  to us  in the Bible.     It’s the knowledge  of what God  is like,  and what God wants everyone  to know about Him.

There are people  with a lot  of head knowledge  about the Bible,  but they don’t really  “know” God  —  they don’t honestly believe  or trust  in God.     They might even have  a bit  of a chip  on their shoulders  regarding God’s ways.     They have not accepted  God’s word  or authority  in their hearts.     On the other hand,  there are small children,  who cannot recite tons  of biblical facts,  but they do know,  believe,  and trust  in the simple things  of God their Savior.     They have let God  “open my eyes”  in their daily lives.     They are far better off  than the sophisticated,  unbelieving Bible scholar.     That is why Jesus says  in Luke 18:17,

Truly I say  to you,  whoever  does not receive  the kingdom  of God  like a child  shall not enter it  at all.

Heart knowledge  is much more valuable  than head knowledge.     Heart knowledge  draws us close  to God.

Accepting the love  and forgiveness  of our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  how good it is  to have You  in our hearts.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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