Perspective

It's All About Perspective - Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful Things from your law. Psalms 119_18-2

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the  HeartStrong Faith Women’s Conference in Dallas, TX.  One of the speakers shared about praying for God to give her a word each year.  Something that was unique for her, something to work on , something to grow, something that God would give specifically to her for that time.  Here is the podcast , if you would like to listen to Debbie Stuart share her story.   So, I began to pray.  I wanted a word, not just any word, but the word for 2017 that the Lord had specifically for me.  There were a few that I thought it might be, but they didn’t seem quite right.  It seemed it was more my word than His.  I never would have picked perspective, but knew it was definitely my word this year.  As I mentioned, yesterday, I really like the Bible app.  They offer several different Bible plans to follow on getting through the entire Bible in a year.  This helps me stay on track and actually get through it!  Well, around the time that I was praying for my word, I was going through the part of the Bible with all of the old laws.  You can’t do this, you can’t wear that, that food is unclean, sacrifices must be done this exact way or serious consequences will occur!  As I read, I was thinking about how thankful I was to not be living under those old laws and thankful that Christ came to fulfill the law and that I (and you) could live under His unlimited grace and mercy.  As I pondered the differences in living under the law and living under grace, I came to this verse, where David said, Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law.  Psalms 119:18.  Wow!  David lived under those old laws, the ones that seemed so refining, constricting, some of them down right scary if you messed up!  But, he had the right perspective.  He was asking the Lord to open his eyes, to change his perspective, to help him see!  He wanted to behold (observe, look at and see) the WONDERFUL things from His Law.  That is not just a glance.  He wanted to observe it, look at it, see it!  That sounds a lot like a study to me.  It sounds like he stopped and spent time admiring what the Lord wanted him to do, how he wanted him to act, the consequences that might occur if he chose to not follow the law.  He understood it and appreciated it.  He acknowledged that God’s law was wonderful and good.  He wanted God to show him the goodness of His law.  Instantly, I was reminded,  even though some of those laws seemed like too much to handle, they were not only good, but wonderful.  My perspective instantly shifted.  I saw it from a different angle.

 

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