Open My Eyes!
Text: Psalm 119:18
We all want to see God here this morning. We come to hear a word but we desire to feel His presence. Greater still is we do yearn like the Psalmist to have our eyes open so we can see.
Nobody desires to be blind-sided to things. We try to protect ourselves from all that desires to come in to destroy us.
Our text this morning reads… ” Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18
The question this morning is are you intentionally looking for the Lord. We desire to see Him in a supernatural way but I believe we are blinded by our lack of commitment to God and his Word.
The Pharisees spent years in school in hopes that they might recognize God, to hear His voice and to know what God was saying. They searched and learned the Scriptures so they might have eyes open to see God, yet they missed it because they did not want to gt it…
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Matthew 22:29
They looked for something that was so obviously close, but never saw Him. When He actually came, they did not even recognize Him.
In fact, even when He spoke, they hardened their hearts and said, “No, that’s not true!”
“And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.” John 10:23-25
I think that sometimes that is the way we are…
When we first accept Christ, we see God everywhere.
We see Him working in our lives and working in others.
Then, as time goes on, our eyes get dull.
He does not disappear or fall back into the shadows; we just do not see Him as much.
We begin to lose our focus as other things… The things of the world come into focus. and then the doubt, just like in John 10:23-25
This morning the Psalmist cries out and leaves us a message for us to do 2 things…
I. Open Our Eyes So We Can See!
How do we do that?
How do we train our eyes to see His presence
I believe we have to be intentional about it. We have to ask Him to ” Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold…” Psalm 119:18
When the last time you have asked God to open your eyes so you can get a clear vision of Him.
If we are not careful, the world and life will begin to come into sharp focus and we will not see God very much anymore as He becomes blurry.
We have to retrain our eyes to look for God’s presence, not evidences of God’s absence. God is saying we have to recondition our eyes because He is everywhere.
We have to be intentional about it.
God many times in our life is silent. There are times in my life when He seems silent. Yet, I know that when He is silent, it does not mean He is far away or out on vacation. No, it means He is still doing something. When God seems silent, He is building something in us that can only be built in the silence.
Commitment can only be built when God is silent.
Understand How His Silence Builds the Treasure of Commitment
- the feel-goods
- the popularity
- the fluffs
- and the emotions
…are gone then commitment can now be built. It is when those things are gone that we now choose to remain committed to the Lord and He can begin to show us great and wonderful things.
That brings me to point #2…
II. The Wonders Of God Out of His Word…
“that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
Look at Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. “
God wants us to see and to do great and mighty things but we will only do that when we begin to look into His word…
The problem I see in our life is we have a different thought of what “GREAT and MIGHTY” as compared to God. Ours is a drive-thru while God’s is a sit down take your time “GREAT and MIGHTY”. We expect God to do it quickly and God says I will take a lifetime! It is something that must be cultivated…
But how do we cultivate it? Can I give you one thing that will help us cultivate it?
One thing from His word that is wondrous?
When we look into God’s word we see it over and over again…
That as believers we are to…
Cultivate a Spirit of Thankfulness
I think God is more concerned about our gratitude than just about anything else. When we have a spirit of thankfulness, we see God everywhere.
When we lose that spirit of gratitude, we stop seeing God everywhere.
It is not a thankfulness that is in response to somebody doing good or giving us something; it is a spirit of thankfulness whether something good happens or not.
As we approach that season of thankfulness, when was the last time you stopped and told God thank you?
Demote Yourself Back to Humility as Often as Needed in Order to Keep Your Heart Pure
God is very concerned that our hearts stay protected and pure. Proverbs says…
“20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”
If our heart is corrupted, we get blind. Sometimes it is better just to get ourselves back to humility to protect our heart. We will see God afresh and in the end, that makes more of a difference than anything else.
Open my eyes God is the cry… The problem we are looking for answers in every way but the right way… God’s way.
God’s way has not changed… He still uses His word to change us but your looking for men to change you.