“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” –Psalm 119:18, ESV
I started a new Bible study this morning: Abiding Love by Denise J. Hughes. It’s a six-week study of 1 John. I’m actually doing this study with members of HelloMornings.org, a group of Christian women who encourage one another to wake up early, study God’s Word, and exercise regularly. New six-week studies start every eight weeks, giving everyone a two-week break between studies. To learn more visit the Hello Mornings website.
Today’s On My Mind memory verse comes from the Abiding Love study. Hughes has artfully placed this verse at the top of every single, Bible study page to remind readers to start every study using this verse as their prayer.
I love this! It’s already my habit to start each day’s quiet time with a prayer that God will help me to focus and to see what He wants me to see. I ask Him to highlight the headline of the day, and then I watch for it as I study and pray. (Today’s quiet time headline was: God is the boss. Follow His lead always! I already knew that, but, for whatever reason that I’ll probably discover as the day goes on, God wants this message freshly implanted in my head. I’m glad He put it there.)
Memorizing verses like Psalm 119:18 will remind us to start our times of Bible reading with such prayers. God has given us His Word in order to help us know Him, to praise Him, to live for Him, and to love others like He does. It really is full of wondrous truths. But we’ll only see them if we ask God for eyes that are open to see.
Father, thank You for Your Word and for our growing knowledge of You through it. Please open our eyes. Help us behold solid truth every day, so we can live right for You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.