That I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law. – Psalm 119.17-18
The world is a dark place. The god of this world, Satan, has blinded the eyes of those who are not children of God. The problem with people around us who do so much evil is that they just can’t see any other option. They just can’t see the good. All they can see is the darkness and they make decisions based on what they can’t see. No wonder the world goes on the way it does – they are doing the best they can do with what they have. That’s why it is vital that we don’t see the world as our enemy – but the god of this world. We need to be loving and sharing and praying that God will open their eyes to the truth of the gospel.
But it is even true for Christians that it is not always easy to see God at work. When it seems like we are being daily besieged with sin and wickedness and all kinds of evil it is hard to see the good. In this age when all the news that’s fit to print and all the news that isn’t is splashed all over media it can be hard to see what our God is doing. We are so caught up with the visible that we miss this invisible.
David had the same problem. So he prayed ‘open my eyes Lord that I may see the wonderful things in Your word.’ When we see the wonderful truths of the word of God it gives us hope in the dark world where we live day to day.
So we ask God to open our eyes to see beyond the visible things that are not going to last forever. We ask God to open our eyes to see the invisible things of eternity instead.
Sure, we have to live in this world, but with God opening our eyes to behold wonderful things out of His word we can endure, and even flourish.