Opened eyes to see

Psalm-119-18The Verse of the Day for November 16, 2015 provides a prayer request expressed in Psalm 119:18:

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

We find a corresponding command from the Lord in Lamentations 3:23:

Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.

The Psalmist also relates similar views regarding where the believer places his or her eyes;

Psalm 25:15 (NLT)

My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies

Psalm 141:8 (Amplified Bible)L

For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not pour out my life nor leave me defenseless.

Most providentially, we find a parallel expression of God’s desire that our eyes might perceive what God desires us to see in Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) which was the Verse of the Day in an earlier post this month:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

In actuality verse 18 is part of a prayer, an expression of God’s desire for His people written by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1: 14-23. Verses 17-18 are part of the introduction, as indicated in the Amplified Bible:

17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

These two verses were the inspiration, in part, for the following poem:

The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

Ephesians 1:17-18 (AMP)

God gives the Spirit of wisdom and revelation

That we might know Him and experience His great love,

Striving to know more fully total restoration

That flows from the wisdom that descends from above.

We walk as wise, not as foolish ones who rebel,

But we pursue wisdom and do whatever it takes.

We make choices, knowing what will attract, what will repel,

For each life mirrors a lifetime of choices that one makes.

We do not shun the Lord’s reproof but embrace correction.

God wants us to know the hope of His calling in this hour,

The riches of His heritage and greatness of His power.

We press toward the mark, to reach ultimate perfection.

God floods the eyes of our understanding that we might see,

As we seek intimacy of the highest degree.

The passage from Ephesians 1, along with previously cited verses, brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a similar prayer expressed in song. The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano:

Another contemporary song offering of a similar request is “Open the Eyes of My Heart” performed by Michael W. Smith.

Not only is our prayer to God like the requests found in Psalm 119:18 and Jeremiah 33:3: that God will enlighten us and illuminate our lives, but we also recognize that God’s prayer for us is the same: that by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, that the eyes of our heart may be flooded with light, as is expressed so powerfully in Ephesians 1.

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