Meditations in the Psalms
This third section of this amazing psalm begins with the Hebrew letter gimel. Every verse begins with a word whose first letter is gimel. Verse 18 says it all when we read “Open Thou mine eyes.” We need the eyes of faith and understanding, the willingness to see what God wants us to see in His marvelous Word. Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers (II Corinthians 4:3-4) lest the light of the glorious gospel of the Messiah should shine unto them. Our sin also blinds us to seeing what God wants us to do (Psalm 119:11).
- The prerequisite to spiritual understanding and obedience – verse 17
- The purpose behind the desire for spiritual understanding – verse 18
- The problem the psalmist faces – verses 19-20 (1) As to his dependency upon God – verse 19 (2) As to his desire for spiritual understanding – verse 20
- The principle he realizes – verse 21
- The prayer he makes – verses 22-24 (1) It is a request for spiritual protection – verse 22 (2) It is a reaction to criticism – verse 23 (3) It is a response based on his desire to the Word in his life – verse 24
Obedience to God’s commandments, and understanding of God’s purposes and ways are the keys to spiritual maturity and blessing.
Verse for Meditation
Verse 18 – “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.”
“Help me, Lord, not to be blinded by my own neglect of Your Word or the depravity of my heart.”