Posts Tagged ‘Open My Eyes’

Seeing ourselves through the eyes of God

September 18, 2017

Ephesians 1 18

We begin this brand new week with the Quote of the Day for September 18, 2017: a profound statement from Dr. Kingsley Fletcher:

“If you can see yourself through the mirror of time or through the eyes of God, you will see what God intends for your life.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 in the Amplified Bible provide the accompanying scriptures:

17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],

18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

If we could only see ourselves from God’s perspective rather than from our own myopic viewpoint, we would get a totally different view of our lives in light of eternity.  Rather than focusing on transitory pressures and afflictions of the moment, we need to recognize the grand scope of God’s plan for our lives. The challenging circumstances we currently face are part of the preparation process that will result in our becoming “vessels of honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

The quote also brings to mind the prayer found in Ephesians 1:14-23 expressing God’s desire for His people. Verses 17-18 reveal His intentions:

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),

Verse 18 brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a prayer expressed in song. The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano:

Another contemporary song presenting a similar request is “Open the Eyes of My Heart” performed by Michael W. Smith. The lyrics offer an appeal that God will enlightened us, just as He desires that we might also be enlightened. Not only is our prayer that God will enlighten us and illuminate our lives by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, but God‘s prayer for us is the same.

Wait on the Lord: Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs

October 18, 2015

Psalm-27--14Throughout the Bible, believers are encouraged “to wait on the Lord.” The concluding verse of my favorite Psalm (27:14) offers this reminder in the King James Version which I committed to memory as a teenager:

Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.

Here is the rendering in the New Living Translation:

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

The Psalms are poetic expressions often accompanied by music, rendering praise or adoration to God. Colossians 3:16 (NLT) speaks of three musical forms to express our gratitude to God:

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

What follows are examples of these forms:

Psalms

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day, I recall a poem that read on the Facebook page of my friend, Lester Wiley Carver. I viewed the work as a psalm of sorts, a song of praise to God, echoing the sentiments expressed in final verse of Psalm 27:

Wait On God “City of my Soul”

I could give you all you seek and pleased you would be.
You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know me.
You’d not know the depths of my love for each saint.
You’d not know the power I give to the faint.

You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair.
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in me.
When darkness and silence are all you can see.

You’d never experience the fullness of love;
When the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save for a start,
But you would not know the depth of the love of my heart.

The glow of my comfort late into the night.
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask.
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

You’d never know should your pain quickly flee;
What it means that my grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true;
But, oh, the loss, if I lost what I’m doing in you.

So be silent my child, and in time you will see;
That the greatest gift is to truly know me.
And though if my answers seem terribly late;
My most precious of all is still, “WAIT”!

As I reflected upon poem that Lester posted, one of my own poetic works came to mind:

“Waiting in Gilgal” describes “The City of My Soul”, as I wait at this time in my life.

Waiting in Gilgal

If a man die, shall he live again?

all the days of my appointed time

will I wait, till my change come.

Job 14:14

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

In the midnight harbor, place black as a raven,

Yielded and still in this new place of transition,

Seeking to do God’s will, in ready position,

To be launched from here to my desired haven.

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

Groaning, travailing resounds from this place on earth,

In the birthing room where thoughts rise to the sublime;

Prolonged moments extend toward the fullness of time

Where agony precedes ecstasy in childbirth.

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

To be raised from the tomb, released from the cocoon;

Exhausted, I yearn to escape and touch the sky,

To be freed from these quarters of the butterfly,

Where to be transformed at last can come none too soon.

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

This place demands sacrifice and obedience:

Not like Saul in Gilgal, foolish and immature,

But like Caleb, who with age, had strength to endure,

Fulfilled all God’s will and claimed his inheritance,

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

Hymns

Another musical form to express adoration or prayer to God is the hymn, often sung individually or in a congregation. In commenting on our “waiting on the Lord, I note that we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we rest in a confident state, as the lyrics to” Blessed Assurance,” by Fanny J. Crosby, one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This most moving rendition of the classic is offered acapella by Matthew West

The lyrics from another hymn “Open My Eyes,” written and composed by Clara H. Scott, reiterate our being quiet as we wait:

Quietly now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God Thy will to see,

Open my eyes illumine me…

The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano, a perfect musical illustration of Psalm 27:14

Spiritual songs

Songs that teach or reinforce spiritual principles from the Scripture are as known as spiritual songs. A contemporary worship song with the same title as the hymn “Open My Eyes” is offered by Hillsong with these lyrics which serve as a bridge in the song:

And as I wait on You my God
I’ll know the voice of truth
In quietness I am in awe
And as I worship You my Lord
I understand the cross
The sacrifice of God

We conclude with the lyrics to an original song composed in light of Psalm 27:14:

While I wait, I will worship

While I wait, I will worship/I will worship while I wait

Though the enemy overwhelms me and floods my soul with pain,

Like Job in the midst of all his troubles, I will worship while I wait.

That God is good, always good, this I will proclaim

While I wait, I will worship/I will worship while I wait

These examples of psalms, hymns, and spiritual song come to mind while reflecting on Psalm 27:14.

Open our eyes: Our prayer and God’s prayer

November 16, 2014

Psalm 119--18

The Verse of the Day for November 16, 2014 is a prayer request expressed in Psalm 119:18 (NIV):

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

A corresponding petition is found in Lamentations 33:3:

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

Most providentially, the Verse of the Day for November 1, 2014 was taken from Ephesians 1:18. In actuality verse 18 is part of one of the apostolic prayers, an expression of God’s desire written by Paul in Ephesians 1: 14-23. Verses 17-18 are part of the introduction, as indicated in the Amplified Bible:

[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,

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 uios, not as foolish sons 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 the 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 is like that expressed 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.

The eyes of your heart flooded with light

November 1, 2014

Ephesians 1 18 2

The Verse of the Day for November 1, 2014 is from Ephesians 1:18 which is part of one of the apostolic prayers from the New Testament, expressing God’s desire for His people 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),

Verse 17 was the inspiration, in part, for the following poem:

The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

[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,

Ephesians 1:17 (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 uios, not as foolish sons 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.

Verse 18 brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a 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 that God will enlighten us and illuminate our lives by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, but God‘s prayer for us is the same, as is expressed so powerfully in Ephesians 1.

Psalm 62:1: quietly waiting

October 11, 2014

Psalm 62--1The Verse of the Day for October 11, 2014 is taken from Psalm 62:1 in the King James Version which was inspiration for the previous blog entry which is re-posted below:

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into Psalm 62:1

Amplified Bible:

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

New King James Version:

Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.

New Living Translation:

 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible:

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest.

The lyrics from the hymn “Open My Eyes,” written and composed by Clara H. Scott, reiterate our being quiet as we wait:

Quietly now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God Thy will to see,

Open my eyes illumine me…

The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano, a perfect musical illustration of Psalm 62:1

As we wait on the Lord, we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we are in a state of “blessed assurance,” as the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This most moving rendition of the classic is offered acapella by Matthew West:

I conclude this blog entry with a poem inspired, in part, by a reference to waiting on the Lord:

   I Wait for You—I Wait on You

 

Waiting on the Lord is all about expectancy and faith,

knowing He longs to meet with us more  

than we could ever even imagine wanting

to meet with Him.

                 Mark Kaphaem

 

I am restless, breathless, as I anticipate

The unspeakable pleasure of our rendezvous.

The bridal chamber is prepared, and now I wait

Until you arrive and tell me what I must do.

While I wait for you to enter the secret place

My passions arise, as incense burns in a bowl.

Beyond the veil I shall know you face to face

And consummate desires aflame within my soul.

I wait for you—I wait on you, to do your will

Until the day when I shall know as I am known,

When at last this yearning for more you fulfill,

As the splendor of your glory is fully shown

When I shall know the love of God without measure

And ever dwell in the house of your good pleasure.

 

Greg Stultz provides another musical version of Psalm 62

Meditating on Psalm 62:1, the Verse of the Day, is great way to start the day, as we watch and wait.

Psalm 62 is also rendered in music by Alan Keyes in the following video:

Ephesians 1:18–The eyes of your heart flooded with light

November 1, 2013

The Verse of the Day for November 1, 2013 is from Ephesians 1:18

Ephesians 1 18

In actuality verse 17 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),

Verse 18 brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a prayer expressed in song. The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano:

Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord

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 that God will enlighten us and illuminate our lives by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, but God ‘s prayer for us is the same, as is expressed so powerfully in Ephesians 1.

Psalm 62:7 and Psalm 62:1: Reminder to quietly wait

October 11, 2013

The Verse of the Day for March 27, 2014 is found in Psalm 62:7 in the King James Version:

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Verse 7 actually reiterates the message of verse 7 of Psalm 62:1:

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Listen to Aaron Keyes who offers a wonderful musical rendition of Psalm 62:

Psalm 62:1 was the Verse of the Day for October 13, 2013, and the blog entry for that day is re-posted here:

The Verse of the Day for October 11, 2013 is taken from Psalm 62:1 in the King James Version:

Psalm_62-1

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into Psalm 62:1

Amplified Bible:

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

New King James Version:

Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.

New Living Translation:

 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible:

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest.

The lyrics from the hymn “Open My Eyes,” written and composed by Clara H. Scott, reiterate our being quiet as we wait:

Quietly now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God Thy will to see,

Open my eyes illumine me…

The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano, a perfect musical illustration of Psalm 62:1

A contemporary worship song with the same title “Open My Eyes” is offered by Hillsong with these lyrics which serve as a bridge in the song:

And as I wait on You my God
I’ll know the voice of truth
In quietness I am in awe
And as I worship You my Lord
I understand the cross
The sacrifice of God

As we wait on the Lord, we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we are in a state of “blessed assurance,” as the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This most moving rendition of the classic is offered acapella by The Isaacs:

I conclude this blog entry with a poem inspired, in part, by a reference to waiting on the Lord:

    I Wait for You—I Wait on You

Waiting on the Lord is all about expectancy and faith,

knowing He longs to meet with us more   

than we could ever even imagine wanting

to meet with Him.

                  Mark Kaphaem

 

I am restless, breathless, as I anticipate

The unspeakable pleasure of our rendezvous.

The bridal chamber is prepared, and now I wait

Until you arrive and tell me what I must do.

While I wait for you to enter the secret place

My passions arise, as incense burns in a bowl.

Beyond the veil I shall know you face to face

And consummate desires aflame within my soul.

I wait for you—I wait on you, to do your will

Until the day when I shall know as I am known,

When at last this yearning for more you fulfill,

As the splendor of your glory is fully shown

When I shall know the love of God without measure

And ever dwell in the house of your good pleasure.

 

Meditating on Psalm 62:1, the Verse of the Day, is great way to start the day, as we watch and wait.