Open Thou Mine Eyes

W. Terry Varner
March 23, 2014

In every dispensation of man, God has required His people to have their eyes open. Abraham was told, “Lift up your eyes, and look” (Gen. 13:14). Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). David prayed, “Open You mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law” (Ps. 119:18).

David’s prayer is appropriate to each of us. God’s people everywhere should pray as Abraham and David. We need to see the lost as Jesus says? God desires we be capable children. We need to know His word. We need to see His wondrous works. We need to work for Him.

We Need To See God’s Great Blessings. John wrote: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are” (1 John 3:1). The entire Godhead is interested and concerned about man and his life. God the Father and God the Son showed their “love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). God sent Christ and Christ was willing to die for you and me. Romans 8:26 states that God the Holy Spirit, “makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26).

We Need to See the Beauties of Worshipping God. It is so sad that many who attend worship services fail to worship God! So many come empty and go away empty! They never praise and glorify God. They never benefit from their worship experience. When we attend worship and fail to worship it is not God’s fault. We must be attentive and participate in worship. Remember When we assemble for worship, we are in the presence of God. If we fail to grasp this simple but important factor, whose fault is it? We must be able to see the unseen. The central point of enumerating the many faithful in Hebrews 11 is: “He who can see the Invisible can do the impossible.” Note the many biblical characters listed in Hebrews 11 are described as those who walked “by faith.” When we worship we must learn to open our eyes to the beauties of worship. There is beauty in each item of worship—singing, teaching, praying, the Lord’s Supper, and the offering. When we worship reverently, humbly, and carefully then worship is not something that we turn off or on like a radio or television. Worship is something for which we prepare to engage in before we enter our assembly. Worship is a verb! When we actively worship, we Will leave the worship experience with renewed strength and enthusiasm to live in greater service day-by-day to God.

We Need to See the Beauty of New Testament Christianity. No one but Christians have such a beautiful plea as New Testament Christianity! New Testament Christianity is simple. It is not a reform of a denomination, but the body of Christ (Col. 1:18). New Testament Christianity is going back through the mist and fog of men's traditions to the practice of the Christians of the New Testament! Our plea is no name but the divine name—Christian (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). Our plea is no book but the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, which gives us all-sufficient information of the truth in order to be saved. Our plea is no “plan of salvation” except that found in the pages of the New Testament: Faith (Heb. 11:1,6); Repentance (Luke 13:3, 5); Confession of Christ (Rom. 10:9-10); Baptism for remission of sins (Acts 2:38); and walking faithfully in the light (1 John 1:7). Are you living with your eyes open?