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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord!

        Which of the five senses causes me to be most grateful?  To me, gift of sight is such a blessing. Growing up, I watched my Uncle Jacob read Braille, faces, and food on his plate with his fingers. (Accidents during his youth caused his blindness.)
         Glaucoma causes the blindness of my husband.  This blindness adds to the confusion of his mind. His blindness means he depends on others to ‘see’ for him. Yet, he trusts in Jesus, His Savior, without sight to see.
         Cataracts usually means surgery to remove the blinding growth on our eyes. When we allow ‘cataracts of sin’ grow in our hearts, it dims our spiritual sight of Jesus. Not until we accept Jesus, can He erase and wash away our sin, and we clearly see the glory and power of Jesus.
         Why is it our eyesight dims as we grow older? What is the purpose? ‘Bucket Lists’ of things to see becomes our focus when we have sight!  Then with age, our sight dims. Our spiritual sight becomes clearer to see Jesus. The extraordinary places we choose for our Bucket Lists are often the creation of God, or the gift of constructing something grand. 
         If what we see is simply a check-off list with no further thought leading to worship or spiritually seeing God, of what lasting value is it? Is a ‘bucket list’ simply a hidden longing for Jesus?
         I enjoy the sight of glorious sunsets, falling snow, new green leaves, birds flying in the sky, and new innocent babies. They remind me of the precious ever new-ness of our Lord. Recently, a grandniece sent me a family picture of my grandparents. This photo reminds me of generations of family who opened the eyes of their hearts to see the glory of Jesus.  I enjoy pictures of family memories and the photo of a new great-great grandchild, far away.
         In this praise song, Paul Baloche captures our prayer we have thought and we have prayed.  In the depths of darkness, we long for a hope to draw us out of our darkness and into His light.
         This praise song came as praise prayer, “Open the eyes of our Hearts, Lord, that We May See You!”
         Paul Baloche (born in 1962) realized the spiritual value of these words.  Although he has also written other praise songs, including Above All, Hosanna, and Your Name, he values the way – Open the Eyes of my heart… draws men and women into worship.
         The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:18.
         In nearly every case, when the heart is written about in scripture, it is not the physical heart, but the spiritual aspect.  The writer continues, the heart and not the brain, nor the liver or any other part of human flesh is tied to the origin of emotion and conscious. The heart is the center, not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life. (Eva Marie Everson).

         Open the Eyes of my Heart
         I want to See You
         High and Lifted up
         Shining in the Light of Your Glory
         Pour out your Power and Love
         As we sing Holy, Holy,
         Holy, Holy, Holy,
         You are Holy, Holy, Holy,
         I want to See You
         You are Holy, Lord.
         How much do we hunger and thirst to know Jesus, our Lord? How often do we long to visit with Jesus in prayer? How often does our heart long to belong only to Him? The following are scriptures lead us to contemplate in our quest to be fully His on this Earth.
         Ephesians 1:18- I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
         Psalm 95:1-3 - Come, let us sing to the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.  For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.
         Matthew 6:22-23 - “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
         Philippians 2:9-11- Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Psalm 119:17-18 - Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word. Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
         James 1:5-6 - If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
         Colossians 1:9-10- So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.


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