Open My Eyes That I May See
I was reading yesterday morning out of my interlinear Hebrew Bible and this verse stood out to me
Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
— Psalm 119:18
Next, I was doing my New Testament reading for the day and this was one of the verses.
...And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
— Luke 24:45
I also have a daily verse on my Google home page from Bible Gateway and this was also the verse of the day:
The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
— Psalm 25:14
I like to take cues like these as the Lord wants to show me something which is the topic of the hub.
The first thing that came to mind concerning these verses is that it is the ultimate privilege to have access to His written Word and more importantly His Holy Spirit to teach and reveal to us the depths of its meaning to us.
...the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.
— John 14:26
I don't think many of us think about the fact that the truth is hidden to us apart from the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Without His work in us, we cannot understand the truth which is why I think His Word seems like foolishness to the rest of the world.
...the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
—I Corinthians 2:14
In reading John chapter 15 where Jesus is discussing with His disciples the importance of abiding in Him. He begins to tell them the secret of how to obtain this spiritual discernment.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
— John 15:14-15
Revelation is a result of having an abiding relationship with God that is evidenced by our submission of obedience to His will and His ways. When we do His commands by loving (being loyal) to God and loving people we are in a position to "see".
After Jesus death, His loyal followers were walking on the road on their way to Emmaus and they were talking with Jesus and didn't know it and when they realized who they had been talking to they said this...
“Did not our hearts burn within us while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
— Luke 24:32"
We also see this confirmed in the previous verse I shared concerning the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.
It is God Who Opens Eyes
Another portion of scripture that shows us this in the book of Acts
Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
— Acts 16:14
I noticed in this verse that the Lord opens the heart of one who is worshiping Him. Could this be a key to receiving revelation?
The second thing I notice in all of these verses is that God has secrets.
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
— Amos 3:7
God's truth is like a hidden treasure.
...the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
— Matthew 13:44
In previous hubs, I described a revelation by Brad Scott from Wild Branch Ministries called Agri-Bio-Linguistics where God uses simple things such as Agriculture, Biology, and Language to communicate His truths in ways we can comprehend. He uses the natural things we do understand to communicate spiritual truths. This method is seen in many of the parables that Jesus uses. It also is embedded into the language itself.
The Hebrew word for "open" used in Psalm 119 and 25 (above verses) is galah. Gesenius' Lexicon defines this word "to make naked", and used in connection with the ear by taking away the hair, or of the face by taking away the veil.
...when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
— II Corinthians 3:13
Another Word study help tool on the Blue Letter Bible website describes it to mean to open thoroughly. Strong's adds to reveal and expose disclose, uncover, show, reveal, lay bare.
He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings the shadow of death to light.
— Job 12:22
We see from these definitions that the word "open" here is alluding to something that is hidden and needs to be opened and revealed.
He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
— Daniel 2:22
It is interesting to note how much of Christ's ministry centered around opening eyes and ears.
Back to agri-bio-linguistics. The word galah is also used for a spring or a fountain. When one word is used for two things. The one being the object many times describes something about the other word. In this case, Springs or fountains describe the word "open". In another hub "Waterfalls" I wrote about the water coming down from above representing Jesus who came down from heaven and poured out His life for us. this time the description leads to fountains or springs revealing an underground water source which agree and support the above definitions.
...the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
— John 4:14
John 7 reveals to us that this underground water source is the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit"
— John 7:38-39
What a revelation! The Holy Spirit sent from Jesus the "Living Water" that came down from heaven living in us and opening our understanding teaching us all things.
...you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things
—I John 2:27
A fitting quote from Ray C. Stedman from an online article titled "True Human Potential" 1
"being a Christian means we have an extra dimension to life. There is a hidden resource, an invisible reality, which the world does not have and cannot see. This is not referring to Christ being "up in heaven," lost in space somewhere! Rather, this refers to what Paul has talked about earlier in this letter, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." This extra dimension is not far removed in the reaches of space; it is right within the heart, an untouchable, invisible dimension within us. This is the glory of the Christian life and the secret of its power, joy and courage...Set your hearts" on this hidden resource"
The third thing I see is that God is willing to reveal His secrets.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
— Deuteronomy 29:29
...there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets
— Daniel 2:28
"His love for us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity" — C. H. Spurgeon
— C. H. Spurgeon
The pictograph for galah (open) confirms and supports these concepts
The first letter of galah is a picture of a camel. I did a study on the camel in another hub titled Bless and Knee explaining this concept. The camel can symbolize a bearer of blessing through humility. I believe in the context of the word "open" we can see that there are hidden benefits and blessings to be opened and revealed.
I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places,...
— Isaiah 45:3
Gimel is also the third letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet representing the bearer of all blessings, the third person of the Godhead the Holy Spirit showing us the first necessary element to understanding is the work of the Holy Spirit.
The second letter of the word of open "galah" is a "lamed" and is a picture of a staff symbolizing instruction, teaching, and correction. To receive revelation we need all three of these elements.
He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity.
— Job 36:10
Our eyes are opened when we are instructed, taught and corrected.
Lastly is the letter hey and can be a picture of a window symbolizing revelation. Also, Hey at the end of the word makes the word female and alludes to what comes from. So we could say Revelation is what comes from being instructed and learning of hidden blessings and treasures God has for us.
“ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
— I Corinthians 2:10
The Psalmist cries out as do I
Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
— Psalm 119:27
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
— Psalm 143:8
It is comforting to note that Paul prayed many prayers for us concerning this. He prayed...
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe
— Ephesians 1:17-19
He prayed that we...
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge ~ Ephesians 3:18-19
He asked ...
that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God
— Colossians 1:9-10
In conclusion, I am excited to know that God has secrets and hidden treasures He wishes to reveal to us. And as seen in this study He will show them to those who worship, seek, and fear Him. What an indescribable privilege that He would let us in on His secrets.
© 2011 Tamarajo