Psalm 118:18 Open Eyes

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Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 118:18 

The law is something that tells a person what he can or cannot do. It is often seen as stifling or constricting upon a person. Very few people like to have laws made that are set ‘against’ them. It is acceptable for laws that are for the other person or to protect oneself, but not against oneself.

People like their freedom to do what they want, when they want, and how they want with no one to tell them anything different. So because of this, laws are often disposed or ignored. They do not see any or little value in the laws that are made.

In this psalm, the writer asks God to open his eyes up to the wonderful things in His law.

Just as many in the world do not like laws or rules, there are many believers who do not like the commands and laws of God. All they want is the freedom that is pronounced in Jesus. They are quick to point out that God is full of grace and mercy and that there is freedom. This is done to justify their sinful nature.

Since God is perfect and holy in all that He says and does, His law is also perfect. God put the law in place for a purpose. It was for the benefit of all people.

Following the law of God will not save a person, but it shows how a person is to live for God. Jesus fulfilled the law in providing the perfect sacrifice to save a person, but He did not abolish it. It is still there to guide a person on how he should think, speak and act in this fallen world.

The eyes of a believer need to be opened up by God’s Holy Spirit to reveal how great His law is, to be able to see the value in God’s law in this world.

Do not despise God’s law or reject it as old and of no value. Seek God’s word and see the value in what God had to say. Find out why the law was put into place and how you can apply it to your life to live a life that God wants you to live.

Trust in Jesus for your salvation, but live following God’s ways and commands. His law is perfect for how to live this life.

I pray today that God will reveal His law to you; that you will open your heart to seeing God’s law for you; that you will trust in Jesus for your salvation; and that you will live according to the commands of God. 

Psalm 101:2 Being Careful

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I will be careful to lead a blameless life–when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. Psalm 101:2 

It is common to hear of people whose lives look great in the public world, but are horrible in the home. Inside the home, behind closed doors there is often abuse, lies, cheating, and more.

This occurs because most people think that no one can see or know about what is happening behind the closed doors.

Those who live like this, will often begin to live in the same way in the public life. If they cheat or lie in the private home, they will do the same in the public world. Often these actions are excused and accepted by many, except by those who are hurt by the actions.

In the psalm, the write states that he will conduct his private affairs with a blameless heart. He will strive to make sure that there is nothing that he can be blamed on.

There are many in the church who are living in the same way as the world. During church, they live and speak as a believer, but in the private of their homes, they live in perpetual sin.

Being private can be in the physical home or in the mind. Thoughts and physical actions occur that are sin. Sadly it is common to hear of abuse, both physically and mentally, inside of Christian homes. Often it is heard of ministers or leaders in the church who have been caught in a private sin, destroying their ministry.

Believers must strive to live a blameless life, no matter where they are. Jesus said that what is said in private will be broadcast in the open. Private sins will be revealed in the end.

In your private life, both in the home and your mind, what are you living? If someone where to take a look at it and judge it, would there be purposeful sin?

Many believers talk about the grace of God and that they are free to live life. This is true, but not to sin. You must flee all sin and strive to live a blameless life. Jesus did not forgive you so that you can go and sin again.

Allow God to take control of your home and your mind. Change the way you act and think to mirror that of Jesus. Strive to live a blameless life because of what Jesus did for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal to you things you must change; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in living a blameless life; and that your thoughts and actions will be ones of God.