How we need the Word of God, for it is our daily food and it is refreshment for our souls. The fault is in my eyes, not in thy word. But no architect ever conceived of such an estate as God's word, and no artist, or carver, or sculptor, ever conceived of such pictures, and carved dishes, and statues as adorn its apartments. 17-20. ", The blind man's anticipation: "That I may behold.". Scripture: Psalm … John Piper Jan 11, 1998 21 Shares Article. If prayer without effort would be presumptuous, effort without prayer would be vain. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 119:18. Verse 18. No one has a proper appreciation of divine truth - of the beauty, the spiritual meaning, the grandeur, the sublimity of the Bible - until he is a renewed - a praying - man. to be kept diligently. Verse 18. Heavenly Father, how I love Your Word and the many truths it contains and the light and refreshment I receive from its pages each day. The first way is known as “Natural Revelation.” You have commanded your precepts. Footnotes. 5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your wondrous things out of your law. The Hebrew phrase signifieth "unveil mine eyes." The Scriptures teem with marvels; the Bible is wonder land; it not only relates miracles, but it is itself a world of wonders. The request is not for more, but that he may employ well that which he possesses. The last clause is a kind of exclamation after his eyes have been uncovered. What perfect precepts, what precious promises, what priceless privileges are neglected by us because we wander among them like blind men among the beauties of nature, and they are to us as a landscape shrouded in darkness! He speaks with the Lord as a … 18 Open my eyes, that I may behold. Thy law. As he goes through the porch he is surprised to see the skill that has been displayed in its construction: he is more and more surprised as he goes through the halls. Psalm 119:130. Above all, let us give our whole mind in patient, loving study to the book itself, and where we fail, at any essential part, God will either send his evangelist Philip to our aid ( Acts 8:26-40 ) or instruct us himself. > Open my eyes so that I may see clearly The wonderful things from your law. William Cowper. This section of the Psalm shows us that the author was a man who had suffered deeply. Verse 18. Open thou mine eyes. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. John Calvin. It contains treasures that silver, and gold, and precious stones are not to be mentioned with. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. That I may behold wondrous things. I REJOICE in it: Psalm 119:111 “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the REJOICING of my heart.” I ask God to open my eyes to it, “that I may behold WONDROUS things out of [His] law” (Psalm 119:18). He says, "I never had any idea of these before." God could have poured all knowledge into us by easy inspiration, but it is by earnest search alone that it can become the treasure of the soul. Psalm 119 Commentary. They are spiritual things. Psalm 119:1 Aleph. Wondrous things. In 118 we had the "wondrous" character of redemption; in 119 we have the "wonders" ( Psalms 119:18 Psalms 119:27 Psalms 119:129), of God's revelation. Psalm 119:18 (NASB) Some men can perceive no wonders in the gospel, but David felt sure that there were glorious things in the law: he had not half the Bible, but he prized it more than some men prize the whole. The blind man's wisdom. Verse 18. And Christ saith, "If you, being evil, can give good gifts to your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give his Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner's happiness. There is a wonderful view. The Spirit puts nothing new into the Bible; he only so enlightens and strengthens our faculties, that we can discern and admire what is there already. The blind man's sorrow: "Open mine eyes." Wondrous things out of thy law. ", The miraculous eyesight: "that I may behold. -- The hidden wonders of the gospel. Verses 17-24.—As a servant and a pilgrim, who finds himself to be a stranger in an enemy's country. Verse 18. If it be asked, seeing David was a regenerate man, and so illumined already, how is it that he prays for the opening of his eyes? 1. comparing this Psalm with its translation found among the Dead Sea Scrolls and. (Eph 1:17) It is important to remember this also, for here lies our responsibility, that we have the faculty, and here also is the point at which we must begin action with the help of God. Compare 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15. The Psalmist doth not say, Lord make a plainer law, but, Lord open mine eyes: blind men might as well complain of God, that he doth not make a sun whereby they might see. Psalms 119:1-8. Learn More. He stands in amazement before them. Verse 18. Verse 18-19. The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. B. Dahood, in the Anchor Bible Commentary, asserts that a united monarchal (Saul - Solomon) date is very possible. (Psalm 119:18) Source: Verse of the day for Psalm 119:18. Personal prayer to the Great Opener of eyes. Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7–9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. Under that distribution Torah signifies the five books of Moses. That l may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I cannot see. Verse 18. We need not so much that God should give us more benefits, as the ability to see what he has given. 2. It was all there waiting for us, and we feel that more is waiting, if we had the vision. Psalm 119:18, NASB: "Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law." 15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. Thus the wonderful things are already in the Bible. By natural vision he might see the surface - the letter; to see the deep, hidden, real, meaning, he needed the special influence of God. Certainly, no one; for "No man knoweth the Son but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him." God himself must reveal revelation to each heart. He wanted to know about God himself in all his majesty, purity, and grace. The great reason why men do not feel the power and beauty of the Bible is a spiritual one. God knows our frame, for he made it, and he must have adapted the Bible to all its parts. It is much longer than any of them more than twice as long as any of them. Those that vent their own dreams under the name of the Spirit, and divine light, they do not give you mysteria, but monstra, portentous opinions; they do not show you the wondrous things of God's law, but the prodigies of their own brain; unhappy abortives, that die as soon as they come to light. There are medicines in it for the want of a knowledge of which hundreds have died. Verse 1. It is far better to have the eyes opened than to be placed in the midst of the noblest prospects and remain blind to their beauty. He makes up his mind that he will take a look at it. There are promises in God's word that no man has ever tried, to find. "The word is very nigh" unto us; and, holding in our hand a document that teems with what is wonderful, the sole question is, "Have we an eye to its marvels, a heart for its mercies?" The light which he had caused him to see his own darkness; and therefore, feeling his wants, he sought to have them supplied by the Lord. There is a taking away of the veil, and an infusion of light. It is one of the first and most constant emotions in our nature. As far as our views, desires, and affections agree with what is here expressed, they come from the influences of the Holy Spirit, and no further. John Ker, in a Sermon entitled, "God's Word Suited to Man's Sense of Wonder," 1877. And what man can open his own eyes, since he is born blind? -- David was not blind -- his eye was not dim. Chapter 119 This is a psalm by itself, like none of the rest; it excels them all, and shines brightest in this constellation. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible Open thou mine eyes - גל עיני gal eynai, reveal my eyes, illuminate my understanding, take away the veil that is on my heart, and then shall I see wonders in thy law. Open thou mine eyes. John Piper Aug 22, 2017 4.3K Shares Article. This lengthy but beautifully written Psalm has its entire focus on the Word of God, which contain the instructions of the heavenly Father. The author is unnamed; older commentators almost universally said it is a psalm of David, composed throughout his entire life. Verse 18. "Lord! And as man hath not an eye to see the wonderful works of God spiritually, until it is given; so, much less hath he an eye to see the wonders of the word of God till it be given him from above; and therefore David prays, Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. alp signifies to be "wonderful," to be "hidden," to be "great" and "high;" that which men by the use of reason cannot attain unto or understand (hence twalpg are things that have such an impression of divine wisdom and power upon them as that they are justly the object of our admiration); that which is too hard for us as Deuteronomy 17:8 , rkr $mm alpy yk -- "If a matter be too hard for thee," hid from thee. Very singular are the interlacings of the boughs of the huge tree of this Psalm, which has many wonders even within itself if we have opened eyes to mark them. John Owen, 1616-1683. Psa 119:18 (KJV) Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18 New International Version << Psalm 118 | Psalm 119 | Psalm 120 >> 18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. The beginnings of light in his mind made him long for more; for no man can account of sense, but he who hath it. New International Version (NIV) The second source is to be found in things beautiful and grand. Verse 18. Yet what are these to closed eyes? Commentary on Psalm 119:1-8 (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. The stars are shining in their glory, whether or no we have the instruments to penetrate the azure; and the tiny tenantry are carrying on their usual concerns, and a rich garniture still forms the covering of the insect, whether or no the powerful lens has turned for us the atom into a world, and transformed the almost imperceptible down into the sparkling plumage of the bird of paradise. The answer is easy: that our regeneration is wrought by degrees. There is a Titian, there a Raphael, there is a Correggio, and there is a Giorgione. "Ah," says the steward, "there is many another thing that you know nothing about in the castle," and he takes him from room to room and shows carved plate, and wonderful statues, and the man exclaims, "Here I have been for a score of years the owner of this estate, and have never before known what things were in it." There are men and books that seem, beyond others, to have the power of aiding insight. If we do not find sufficient to exercise our thoughts with constant freshness, and our soul with the grandest and most attractive subjects, it is because we want the eye sight. Wherefore, these "wonderful things of the law" are those expressions and effects of divine wisdom in the Scripture which are above the natural reason and understanding of men to find out and comprehend. Many who have seen and admired some excellencies in the Law could never see, and therefore have derided, that which is the excellency of the Gospel, till God had opened their heart to understand. When I cannot have Moses to tell me the meaning, saith Saint Augustine, give me that Spirit that thou gavest to Moses. Here is the precise use of the Holy Spirit. It is the part of the Father of lights, by the teaching of his Spirit, to give this to the soul, and he will, if it humbly approaches him with this request. (4) That the proper understanding of these things is connected with prayer, and can be hoped for only in answer to prayer. (t) "revela oculos meos", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; "velamen detrahe oculis meis", Tigurine version. And it is the name whereby the miraculous works of God are expressed, Psalms 77:11 78:11. This is a part of the bountiful dealing which he has asked for; no bounty is greater than that which benefits our person, our soul, our mind, and benefits it in so important an organ as the eye. The things of the Bible are hidden because of the blindness of Man. William Kay, 1871. Proud member Sep 27, 2012. This figure is often used to denote inspiration or a special divine communication. The Holy Scriptures are plain enough; but the heart of man is darkened by sin. All of us have felt it in the contact of some affinity of nature which makes them our best helpers; the kindred clay upon the eyes by which the great Enlightener removes our blindness ( John 9:6 ). Many were the signs and miracles which God wrought in the midst of the people of Israel, which they did not understand. Moreover, mainline Christian theology might seem at odds with the central theme of Psalm 119. How we should treasure the Word of God, for it is our guide and teacher – our strength and our defence. Verse 18. Instead of גּל, "roll" (from גּלל, Joshua 5:9), it is pointed in Psalm 119:22 (מעל) גּל, "uncover" equals גּלּה, as in Psalm 119:18, reproach being conceived of as a covering or veil (as e.g., in Psalm 69:8), cf. Such are the mysteries of divine truth in the Scripture, especially because Christ is in them, whose name is" Wonderful," Isaiah 9:6 ; for all the great and marvellous effects of infinite wisdom meet in him. Psalm 119 The Glories of God’s Law. He wanted divine teaching -- the eye salve of the Spirit; and therefore he would not open the Bible without this prayer, "Open thou mine eyes." And if the wondrous things of the law are not much seen till God give an eye, then much less are the wondrous things of the Gospel. The saints do not complain of the obscurity of the law, but of their own blindness. 27 Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes. Psalm 119:18, ESV: "Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law." 34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Thy law. It seems to me like some old baronial estate that has descended to a man (who lives in a modern house) and thinks it scarcely worth while to go and look into the venerable mansion. The prayer implies a conscious darkness, a dimness of spiritual vision, a powerlessness to remove that defect, and a full assurance that God can remove it. "What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?" -- Wondrous sights for opened eyes. Verse 18. Psalm 119 – The Greatness and Glory of God’s Word This long psalm deserves a long introduction. Do You Read the Bible Like a Nonbeliever? It shows also that the writer knew that there were vast treasures in the word which he had not yet fully seen, marvels which he had not yet beheld, mysteries which he had scarcely believed. Joseph Addison Alexander. There is nothing wanting in the Bible. There are wondrous things there to be seen. Verse 18. He believed that there were such things in the law of God; he desired to see them. Compare the notes at 1 Corinthians 2:6-15. It is not the bestowal of a new and supernatural power which enables a man to read the Bible to profit, but the quickening of a power he already possesses. Psalm 119:18 - Prayer Needed for Effective Bible Study. Who is able to know the secret and hidden things of the Scriptures unless Christ opens his eyes? When God is said to enlighten us, it is not that we should expect new revelations, but that we may see the wonders in his word, or get a clear sight of what is already revealed. A wondrous rule of life. O that my ways may be steadfast. Psalm 119:18; Psalm 119:27. The Power of a Superior Promise. And this is that which every man that will understand must pray for: this David prayed for; -- Open thou mine eyes that I may see the wonders of the Law; and ( Psalms 119:19 ) hide not thy commandments from me. He had known persecution (119:22-23), he had known deprivation and fear for his life (119:17), seasons when he seemed to get nothing from God's word (119:18), he had also known loneliness, rejection, and a sense of abandonment (119:19-20). Uncover my eyes and I will look -- wonders out of thy law. The Blessing of Obedience. By the law, therefore, in this place, the Psalmist understands all the books that were then given unto the church by revelation for the rule of its faith and obedience. Special eyesight needed to behold them. so that then we shall see the secrets of God. Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Thy law. C. Leupold sees the setting as post-exilic (Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Malachi). Psalms 119:18 Context. It is as if he would have said, Although the world taketh the law of God to be but a light thing, and it seemeth to be given but as it were for simple souls and young children; yet for all that there seemeth such a wisdom to be in it, as that it surmounts all the wisdom of the world, and that therein lie hid wonderful secrets. More modern commentators sometimes conclude that it is post-exilic, coming from the days of Nehemiah or Ezra. Summary-I am blessed if my walk is blameless, and that can only be achieved by walking according to God’s laws.This walk cannot be now and then, but must be with my whole heart, and with no unrighteousness mixed in. Verse 18. This further may be observed, that the Psalmist asks for no new faculty. Psalms 119:18 Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law. David's prayer in this verse is a good sequel to Psalms 119:10 , which corresponds to it in position in its octave: there he said, "O let me not wander," and who so apt to wander as a blind man? How blessed are those whose way is … The light of nature shows us somewhat of the Law; but nothing of the Gospel was ever seen by the light of nature. One of the first causes of wonder is the new or unexpected. Wondrous things. But since our text is Psalm 119:18, Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law, we should let this psalmist show us how he prays more generally about his reading of the word of God. Those who have given to the Bible thought and prayer will own that these are not empty promises. They do not realize the grand evil which the Bible has come to cure, and they have not a heart to the blessings which it offers to bestow. Verse 18. 37 Revive me in Thy ways." It is the parent of the desire to know, and all through life it is urging men to enquire. Psalms 119:17 : Psalms 119:19 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. There is no want of light in the Scripture, but there is a veil of darkness upon our hearts; so that if in this clear light we cannot see, the defect is not in the word, but in ourselves. John Darby’s Synopsis; The Geneva Study Bible; Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown; Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) That I may behold wondrous things - Things which are suited to excite wonder and amazement: that is, things which are secret or hidden from the common view; the deep, spiritual meaning of the word of God. Life is desirable in order to serve God; that we may do so aright, we should seek to have our eyes opened to behold His truth, and earnestly desire fully to understand it. If we can show this, it may be another token that the book comes from Him who made man... That God has bestowed upon man the faculty of wonder we all know. I am sure of it. We shall make some remarks on the sense of wonder in man, and what generally excites it. 18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. But if so, it may still be asked what is the meaning of this prayer, and why does the Bible itself insist so often on the indispensable need of the Spirit of God to teach? He felt that he needed to see deeper, to have the eyes of his understanding opened. It is not the telescope which draws out that rich sparkling of stars on the blue space, which to the naked eye seem points of light, and untenanted: it is not the microscope which condenses the business of a stirring population into the circumference of a drop of water, and clothes with a thousand tints the scarcely discernible wing of the ephemeral insect. The old classic (e.g., Psalm 18:31) אמרתך alternates throughout with John Ker. The Holy Scriptures are plain enough; but the heart of man is darkened by sin. I have eyes and see not. The word signifies instruction; and being referred unto God, it is his teaching or instruction of us by the revelation of himself, the same which we intend by the Scripture. All rights reserved. PSALM 118 PSALM 121. He could read the Bible from end to end, and yet he felt that he needed more light. The light which we have is not without the word, but by the word. Aug 22, 2017. The Bible addresses our sense of wonder by constantly presenting the new and unexpected to us; it sets before us things beautiful and grand. It gives understanding to the simple. The word "law" here is used to denote "all" that God had revealed to mankind; all that is contained in the volume of inspiration. 35 Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments, for I delight in it. That, therefore, which is intended by this word is the entire revelation of the will of God, given unto the church for the rule of its faith and obedience -- that is, the holy Scripture. -- God's word suited to man's sense of wonder. The blind man's prayer: "Open thou mine eyes. Blessed are the undefiled in the way - דרך תמימי אשרי ashrey temimey darech, "O the blessedness of the perfect ones in the way. Open thou mine eyes. Barton Bouchier. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, 3. who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways. So let me close with a little tour of Psalm 119, and show you seven kinds of prayer with which you can soak your Bible reading this year. Verse 18-19. All the natural powers will never find the true key to the Bible, till the thoughts of sin and redemption enter the heart, and are put in the centre of the Book. Psalm 119:18 King James Version (KJV) 18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Henry Melvill, 1798- 1871. CONTENT Psa. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" ( Isaiah 8:20 ). Related Commentaries for Psalm 119. He comes to this by. He wanted to learn the way of salvation by a crucified Redeemer, and the glory that is to follow. Verse 18. 5. A wondrous curse against transgression. King James Version (KJV) that I may receive my sight," was the instant answer. Year after year passes away and he pays no attention to it, since he has no suspicion of the valuable treasures it contains, till, at last, some man says to him, "Have you been up in the country to look at that estate?" Updated: Mon, 11/09/2020 - 08:50 By admin. There are many hidden things in nature; many in our fellow men; so there are many in the Bible. 19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. When the books of the Old Testament were completed they were, for distinction's sake, distributed into hrwt, ~ybwtk, and ~yaybg, or the "Law," the "Psalms," and the "Prophets," Luke 24:44 . The eyes are there already, and they need only to be opened. The verse you are inquiring about is referring to having “spiritual insight,” being able to correctly discern the Bible. Salem Media Group. William Kay, 1871. God gives "the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, that the eyes of man's understanding may be enlightened." Psalm 119:18. A wondrous redemption from the curse shadowed forth in the ceremonial law. Men are spiritually blind. This page under construction. The Bible Passage (Psalm 119: 1-8) 119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! (1) That there are deep, hidden, secret things in the word of God, which are not perceived by the natural man; (2) That those things, when understood, are suited to excite wonder, or to fill the mind with admiring views of God; (3) That a special illumination of God is necessary that man may perceive these things; and. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. When I cannot have Moses to tell me the meaning, saith Saint Augustine, give me that Spirit that thou gavest to Moses. If we come to the third source of wonder, that which raises it to awe, it is the peculiar province of the Bible to deal with this. He had seen many of the wonders of art; but now, he wanted to see the spiritual wonders contained in the Bible. 4. --C.A.D. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. of Psalm 119:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 119:18, NIV: "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." and there, too, he declared, "with my whole heart have I sought thee," and hence the desire to see the object of his search. Scripture: Psalm 119:18. The Psalmist had a measure of spiritual perception, or he would never have known that there were wondrous things to be seen, nor would he have prayed, "open thou mine eyes"; but what he had seen made him long for a clearer and wider sight. Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. 1. The truths taught here are. Paul's cure of his natural blindness is a fit emblem of our cure of spiritual blindness: "Immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith" ( Acts 9:18 ). Let us seek for such, and if we find them let us employ them without leaning on them. 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. The Psalmist asks for no new revelation. God has made provision for this sense of wonder in his revealed word. What was the reason? And that by the law, in the Psalms, the written law is intended, is evident from the first of them, wherein he is declared blessed who "meditates therein day and night," Ps 1:2; which hath respect unto the command of reading and meditating on the books thereof in that manner, Joshua 1:8 . ii. Psalm 119:18 – “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” Of course, although these are benefits to reading the Bible, but there are other reasons that we should read and study the Bible. It is of great importance for us to be persuaded of this truth, that there are many things in the Bible still to be found out, and that, if we come in the right spirit, we may be made discoverers of some of them. The Spirit who indited them at first brings them not as new revelations to the individual; but, by removing the mists of carnal prejudice, by taking away the scales of pride and self sufficiency, and by rectifying the will, which causes the judgment to look at truth through a distorted medium, -- by influencing the heart, so that the affections shall no longer blind the understanding, -- by these and other modes, which might be easily enumerated, the Holy Ghost enables men to recognize what is hid, to perceive beauty and to discover splendour where all before had appeared without form and comeliness; and thus brings round the result of the Bible, in putting on the lip the wonderful prayer which he had himself inspired: Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. "Open my eyes," and all will be well. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Out of thy law - Out of the written word; out of the Scriptures. 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