GIMEL: Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times. You rebuke the proud — the cursed, who stray from Your commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies. Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servant meditates on Your statutes. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors. (Psalm 119:17-24)
Open My Eyes
The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet the psalmist writes in prose is GIMEL. It is a portion of the psalm that seeks to know and see everything offered by the Lord to give knowledge and understanding to the heart. Examining the word of God is a precious commodity that serves the willing heart a harvest of blessings. There is a delight in spending time in the midst of the mind of God. Life comes from dwelling upon the pages of divine words revealed to a man that hungers for knowledge of God. The admonitions to deal bountifully, open the eyes, do not hide, and remove reproach and contempt all speak to a willing heart that loves to dwell in the midst of the word of God. One of the most important traits of those who seek the Lord is a deeper longing to know more about the divine will. The psalmist knows that to live is to keep the words of God and this can only be done by the bountiful blessings showered upon his life by the Father. It is a good thing to be blessed by the Lord. There are so many amazing things to find in the word of God. The author does not look upon the knowledge of God’s word as a tiresome or laborious exercise. He loves the time spent in the Book, rejoicing with the knowledge he gains from a study of the word.
There are many things hard to understand in the world and the only avenue of truth must come from the mind of God. Seeking the Lord requires a willingness to ask for the wisdom of the Father to open the eyes to the wondrous things from His law. An admission of frailty is acknowledged to discern the Father’s truth but it is coupled with a prayer that the commandments would not be hidden from a heart that longs for and desires for the judgments of God. There is passion in the soul of the one who has a deep desire to know God’s word. Understanding the will of the Lord is a daily exercise of communion in the mind of God. Love is not words alone but the action of a heart that loves to hear and read the commandments of the Lord. There are many who have no desire for His judgments. The proud have no love for truth. Those who stray from the commandments of the Lord have no hunger for His word. Thirsting after righteousness will only come from a heart that is filled with a love for the precepts of divine law. The word of God rebukes, chastens, admonishes and challenges the mind to obey the only hope of salvation. The word of the Lord is the only way, the only truth and the only light.
The psalmist entreats the Lord to let His word guide the heart so that he will be free from the reproach and contempt of disobedience. One of the most important elements of prayer is seeking the guidance of the Father to order the steps in a perfect way. A humble heart will beg the blessings of God to remove scorn and contempt because the way of righteousness will bring persecution from the unrighteous. Those who oppose the will of God prosecute the soul to give up, deny and turn away the heart from the word. The need of endurance in the face of trial will find its worth in taking heed according to the word of God. Meditating upon the statutes of God will give courage, strength and steadfastness. Keeping the faith is standing firm on the words of the divine Father who is the author and Lord of truth and righteousness. There is no other truth. What is right is right because the word of God establishes what is right. Upon that truth the servant of God meditates and thinks and no word of man deposes the will to follow human wisdom. The testimonies of God are the delight of the soul as the person of God takes joy in reading His word. As a trusting counselor the law of the Lord is a safe guide to all things in life. If you want to be happy, delight in the word of God.