The Grace of Enlightenment

“Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119.18

This verse offers another expression of the psalmist’s devotion and dependence. He reaffirms his heart’s longing to behold the wondrous truths of Scripture. Keep in mind the context of praying for the Lord’s bountiful blessings (Ps.119.17). Part of that desired bounty is for the Lord to open his eyes.

We’re all dependent on the Lord to open our eyes to behold his truth. Apart from God giving us eyes of faith, the gospel is foolishness. Were it not for the Lord’s gracious illumination, our hearts would be hard like Pharaoh’s, we’d be left puzzled by parables like the scribes and Pharisees, we’d descend into the depravity of our minds (See: Romans 1). Beholding the wondrous things of God’s law relies on his bountiful grace.

As we live in a world of spiritual darkness, may we—like the psalmist—ever remain mindful of our need for God to open our eyes. We should ever long to behold our Lord’s splendor and the majesty of his Word. The wondrous things of his law must be our delight. Biblical truth should captivate us, as God graciously enables us to understand it.

Have your eyes been opened to the Bible’s truth? Do you find God’s Word confusing and obscure—or is it wondrous and delightful to you? How do you express your dependence on God to enlighten your understanding of him and his Word?

Oh Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear. May we ever delight in your Word, as you make it clear to us. Let the light of your truth guide our paths in this dark world—that we might live to your praise and glory. Amen.

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