Day 298: October 25, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Psalm 119:17-24
17 Deal generously with Your servant so that I might live; then I will keep Your word. 18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction. 19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide Your commands from me. 20 I am continually overcome with longing for Your judgments. 21 You rebuke the proud, the ones under a curse, who wander from Your commands. 22 Take insult and contempt away from me, for I have kept Your decrees. 23 Though princes sit together speaking against me, Your servant will think about Your statutes; 24 Your decrees are my delight and my counselors.

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Open My Eyes That I May Contemplate Wonderful Things
by Susan Hill, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

As a student of God’s Word, there is nothing more exciting than reading a passage I have read countless times and realizing, “I have never seen that before.” When God speaks a fresh word from the Scriptures it serves as a shot of spiritual adrenaline. The Bible is so rich in meaning and application that we can study it every day for the rest of our lives and still continue to learn new things.

In Psalms 119:18 the author writes, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” The writer is describing the process by which God reveals truths through His Word. Jesus speaks to the disciples about this role of the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”

As we study the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit is faithful to open our eyes to the truths they contain. Paul addresses this in 1 Corinthians 2:13-14, “We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.”

While God is faithful to impart truths from His Word to us, we must be intentional in seeking them out. Studying the Bible on a daily basis puts us in the posture to learn new truths and to grow in our relationship with Christ.

As we approach our time of Bible study, we would be wise to pray and ask God to impart understanding through the work of the Holy Spirit as we read. It is God’s will for us to increase in our understanding of His Word, so this is a petition we can make with great confidence.

Praxis

  1. As you approach the Word of God, do so with the anticipation that you are going to learn new biblical truth.
  2. Pray and ask God to help you understand the Scriptures and that you would have an increasing desire to study God’s Word.

About JourneyOn Today

Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.