What if there is more to the Bible than you dared imagine?
Could it be that the Word truly plays a part in making our lives richer than we dared to dream? Let’s say that we believe it enough to crack open the Bible to any random page, desperately searching for the treasures promised there — only to be so bored within 5 minutes flat that we’re tempted to never open our Bible again.
I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. That is, until I became desperate.
Open my eyes so that I may behold
Wondrous things out of your law
My prayer wasn’t as pretty as the one David wrote above. But I was desperate enough to beg for something similar. I simply needed help. I needed a lifeline. I needed something true. I needed direction and guidance, and I needed it soon. We saw David beg for God’s generosity in the previous verse. This is only a continuation of that prayer: “Lord please help me to see what I don’t see! Be generous to me by opening my blind eyes!”
We need not so much that God should give us more benefits, as the ability to see what He has given.
– Charles Spurgeon
It’s been about 9 years since I first prayed that prayer, and the Word of God is now a treasure to me because God has answered that prayer and continues to do so.
That’s the role of the Holy Spirit and one of the reasons we wrote the song “Spirit Speak”, which is largely rooted in the passage below:
God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.
1 Corinthians 2:10-12
God deals generously with beggars. He is faithful to heal the blind eyes of those who simply ask! I always love when Emily points out at our concerts that God has freely given us knowledge of Himself. That’s what the Bible is! A free gift of knowledge. But we simply can’t see or understand these Words unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us.
Scripture needs opening but not one half so much as our eyes do; the veil is not on the book, but on our hearts.
– Charles Spurgeon
Those of us who believe in Jesus have the Spirit of God living within us. So let’s echo the prayer of this faithful worship leader. Let’s ask God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to open our eyes so that we can behold and understand all of the wonderful things found in His Word. That is my prayer for you day after day. That prayer is the heartbeat of our ministry. We want the scales of bland and boring to fall off of your eyes so that you can discover with us that God’s Word is incredibly beautiful, powerful, life-giving, and helpful.
Would you pray that with us? Lord, open our eyes so that we can behold the wonderful things in your Word!
If prayer without effort be presumptuous, effort without prayer would be vain.
– John Ker