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. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands. Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes. Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:17-24
Why would David ask God to open his eyes? He wasn’t blind.
It is hard to admit that our vision is blurry and distorted, that the way we see ourselves and others, our politics and our preferences is not what God sees. But we can ask God to give us a new perspective on life and love if we humbly ask him to open our eyes.
Here is Jesus’ response to those who thought their vision was good enough.
Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”
Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.” (John 9:39-41 MSG)
How's your vision?
Note: Every other week the Blue Spigot begins with a section of Psalm 119, a prayer from David that serves well as our prayer, asking God to rekindle in us a love for his word – both the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written version (the Bible).
Pray it aloud. Pray it thoughtfully. And pray it several times over the next two weeks.
Benediction of Blessing:
May you have the humility to admit to yourself and to God that some of your perspectives are distorted.
May you have the courage to change your mind in some areas, and to go public with the change.
May you have the grace to continue to be in relationships with those who hold different opinions.
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