Please Open My Heart
Verses 17-18 Be good to Your servant while I live, that I may obey Your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.
The psalmist begins this third stanza with a beautiful prayer. We should all learn to desire the Word as he did.
No prayer is more beautiful than the prayer of a sincere heart. This prayer is from a man who understood just how important the Word is in our lives. He knew we can't obey on our own strength. It isn't just about deciding to obey and doing it, it takes relationship with the One we are obeying. But he doesn't stop with the idea of obeying the law.
This prayer asking God to open his eyes to understand the wonderful things of the law is asking for a deeper love of the Giver of the law. It is a request to know God and His ways. Asking God to open our eyes for who He really is may seem a bit risky. Once we have seen the depths of His reasons for the law we can no longer pretend it doesn't matter. Maybe we don't feel so bad about disobeying when we don't fully see His reason for a particular gift of law.
Another thing to notice is that the psalmist is praying to see the wonderful things of the law, asking God to show him if there are things that are wonderful about the law. He knows because God gave the gift there are wonderful aspects to it. It just is another way He reveals His wonderful character.
Praying is only part of what it takes to find the wonderful things. God gives the gift of His law but it is more useful if we unwrap it. We won't know the wonder of the law if we take it strictly on face value. But when we look past the "thou shalt nots" and see the love behind it we will witness His wondrous protection. Boundaries He put in place so that we can remain in the best relationship with Him. A relationship that reflects His holiness.
Making It Personal
Have you ever played a prayer asking God to help you understand the heart of His law? How interested are you in knowing the heart of His gift of law? What will you do to improve your relationship with Him today?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever thought of rules as gifts? How could following the rules help you? What rule is your least favorite?
Father, again we thank You for the wonderful gift of Your law. Help us dig deeper so we can know You as the loving Father, You are. In Jesus' name, amen.