“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalms 119:18)
When I was a child, many times at family gatherings, the children would play a game called ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey.’ The rules of the game had one person to be blind-folded; then turned around and around so as to become somewhat disoriented as to direction. Then the blind-folded person was to try to pin the tail on the donkey. The results were usually hilarious because of the placement of the piece of paper that represented the tail. It seems the paper tail never ended up in the right place. The contestant would have the blindfold removed. And then he saw how far off he had placed the paper tail on the donkey.
So it is with many Children of God as they try to arrange their life as to what goes where, when, etc. But they are as if they were blindfolded, because of the mess they make in the order of things in their life.
The problem is, many times, even though a person is saved (is regenerated; has confessed Christ to be their Savior; has been baptized; assembles each Sunday with a church; and tries to walk the Christian life), he is blind to God’s Will for his life. This can be because of two major reasons:
First, he has not fully surrendered to God as his Lord and Master, his Ruler He has not fully surrendered to the facts that God is Sovereign; that God is the Creator, Controller, and Consummator of his life from conception to completion. He does not see Scriptures such as Job 14:5 and Proverbs 19:21:
“Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;” (Job 14:5)
“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21)
Therefore, he tries to make his own decision without consulting God:
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
When he should:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Because of his blindness to his Sovereign God, he butts his head against a stone wall and wonders why things are not going well with him.
Second, he is not fully submitted to God’s Word and Will for his life. He does not meditate in God’s Word, which is the Christian Instruction Book of how to live, how to walk, etc. When a person is not submitted to God’s Word, then he misses God’s still, small voice of revealing His Will to the Child of God. Until a Child of God is fully submitted to sit at the feet of Jesus and to be taught Holiness and Peace; he is blinded and cannot see God’s Will of Success for his life (Joshua 1:8).
When a Child of God gets to the place of being ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired’ of his failures, defeats, doubts, and fears in life; then he will cry out as the Psalmist did in Psalm 119:18: “Open thou mine eyes.”
When a Child of God gets to this place in his mess where he knows his way of life has failed; he turns to God (by the Power of God working in him; Philippians 2:13). He knows that God is the only Power that can open the blind man’s eyes (as in John 9:25):
“He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”
Therefore, the Psalmist cries out to God: “Open thou mine eyes.”
The purpose the Psalmist reveals is, “that I may behold (or see, perceive) wondrous things out of thy law.”
What are the “wondrous things” out of God’s Law (or His Word)?
That God has good for His Children (Jeremiah 29:11). That God has planned an “expected end” for His Children.
- (Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:4-11) They were chosen in Christ to be made holy and without blame. They come to know Him as Sacrifice, Substitute, and Savior; the Great High Priest; that Prophet; King of kings and Lord of lords. On the basis of His Atonement, they stand Reconciled to God; Redeemed out of sin; and declared Righteous in Christ (Justified).
- (1 Corinthians 12:13) They would be baptized into His Body, the Church. They would be regenerated and brought to confess Christ as Savior in this life (in time). (See Romans 8:2; 9-16; Galatians 4:1-7.)
- (2 Peter 1:3-4) They would, as Children of God, be given exceeding great and precious promises; that by these they would learn of the God who lived in them, and of their duties and responsibilities of the indwelling of God. They learn that God is Holy and His Children are to be Holy (1 Peter 1:14-16). And they are to walk in peace and love, even as He walked. (See 1 John 2:4-6; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 3:11-24; 4:7-21; John 13:34-35; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:15.)
- (Joshua 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:15) They would learn the way of success. Study His Word; meditate on His Word; obey His Word; and endure in the same. And they would have success by leaning on His Wisdom and Knowledge, and not on their own way (Proverbs 3:5-6). In this they would daily be overcomers over all enemies; over all sin. No defeat; only victory, even in the valleys (1 John 5:4).
- (John 14:3; 17:21-24) They would see their ordained Position would be to “behold the Glory of God.” To become One in knowledge of Christ (Romans 9:23-24); being the heirs of God, even joint-heirs of Jesus Christ.
- (Ephesians 3:1-21; Revelation 21 – 22) They would learn of the beauty of the House of God; the Holy City; the Dwelling Place of God. That they were the Lamb’s Bride; His Wife; His Body; even the Church. It would be here, in the Spiritual Habitation of God (Ephesians 2:20-22), that they would learn of the unsearchable riches of Christ; of His Glory (or His Honor); and of their position and relationship to Him now, today, tomorrow, forever, and always. Hallelujah!
Child of God, come to the place of the Psalmist and cry out to God, “Open thou mine eyes” – take away the blindfold, show me my mess. And then reveal to me the “wondrous things” you have for Your Children in Your House.
Show me the way of success, of victory, of being counted as an overcomer. I am tired of my way; of being defeated on every hand. I want Joy, Power, and Love as abundant fruit in my life. I want Your Communion, Christ. I want Your Life, Your Peace and Rest. I want to have You live Your Life in my life (Romans 5:10, 17; Galatians 2:20).
Then reader, simply surrender to God; submit to His Word; learn His Will; and obey the instructions you receive from His Word. And you then will walk in His Walk of Victory. Amen!