Meditation Monday // Behold Him
This Monday I’m meditating on Psalm 119 verse 18,
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”
I’m sure you’re familiar with the popular phrase by William Blake “we become what we behold” –but do you believe that? Whether actively or passively we become conformed to the patterns that we practice. And before I start listing off things that we behold that we shouldn’t, let’s focus on what this verse says.
The entirety of Psalm 119 could be defined as a case for Scripture Meditation and one long prayer of devotion and yearning for God’s law amidst trials and troubles. Phrases like: “Open my eyes,” “Give me life,” “Make me understand,” “Teach me,” “Enlarge my heart,” “Lead me,” “Incline my heart,” “Turn my eyes,” and so on (Psalm 119:18, 25, 27, 29, 32, 35–37).
The same psalmist who said, “How sweet are your words to my taste” (Psalm 119:103), said earlier, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18). He prayed this, because to have spiritual eyes to see glory is a gift of God. No one naturally hungers for, and delights in, God and his wisdom.
It’s not natural, it’s something that needs to be practiced. It takes spiritual discipline and diligence. Yes, there is an active turning away of our eyes from beholding worthless things, but more importantly there is a beholding of wondrous things —delighting in God, in his law, and in his promises.
We can sometimes become too consumed with the process of removing the “worthless things” from our lives, rather than focusing and meditating on God’s law and statutes. Which makes me ask, why do we find it so hard to delight in God’s law? Can we say like the psalmist in verse 20 that our souls are “consumed with longing for the Lord’s rules at all times?” I know that isn’t always the case for me.
Perhaps if we were to first behold God’s law, and delight in his testimonies, then our hearts would more naturally turn from becoming and beholding the things of this world. “Beholding the glory of the Lord, [we are] transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18). We are being transformed into His likeness by looking intently on who He is. By beholding Him.
Let us pray with the psalmist, “Incline my heart to your testimonies” (Psalm 119:36). “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18). Grant that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened to know our hope and our inheritance and the love of Christ that passes knowledge and be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 1:18; 3:19).
When the Holy Spirit answers this prayer by overcoming our natural enmity to the glory of the gospel, we are able truly to apprehend it, to taste it, and we can walk confidently in our faith.
We were made to behold Him and be transformed in Him.
Look to Him!
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