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Daily Encouragement: Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from Thy Law. (Psalm 119:18).

Notes on Psalm 119:18,

“That” is referencing a division between the first clause and the second clause. In modern translation it would read “So that.” The first clause was “Open my eyes.” The second clause is “I may behold wonderful things from Thy Law.” The author wants God to open his eyes so that he can see wonderful things from God’s Law.

“Open” (Strong’s 1540) refers “to reveal, discover, uncover, open.” So, the phrase “Open my eyes” refers to the author longing for God to reveal His word to him. What an amazing prayer request.

“Wonderful things” What is that referring to? “Wonderful Things” refers to “Marvelous things, distinguishable things.” So, the author wants to see God’s characteristics from His law (which is the Word of God.”

“Behold” What does “behold” refer to? “Behold” (Strong’s Number 5027) Hebraic Origin comes from a Hebrew Word “Nabat” which is pronounced “naw-bat’.” “Nabat” (behold) means several different things. According to the Strong’s Concordance, this word means “to look, regard, behold.” It also is referring to searching. So, with this, The Author is wanting God to open his eyes so that he can seek God’s Word and behold the great treasures that lie within the Scriptures.

“Thy” is an old English word that is used to convey the uniqueness of God and basically means “Your.” It shows honor and reverence to God. “Thy” can only be attributed to God.

“Law” What does law mean? It refers to the “Torah.” “Law” (Strong’s Number 8451) Hebraic Origin come from a Hebrew Word “Torah” which is pronounced “to-rah” “Torah” is referencing the Law of Moses which includes the Mosaic Commandments. It could also refer to the Law of YHVH (LORD). The Law could also refer to the Law of YHVH (LORD). YHVH conveys God as “The eternal one, the existing one.” YHVH is most of the time translated as “YAHWEH or Jehovah.” It is the true name of God. YHVH is referencing to Exodus 3:10-15 when God said “I AM WHO I AM.” Or in other words, “I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE.” God is YHVH. God is the true eternal God.  The Author wants God to uncover his eyes so that he may look upon the great things that happened in the “Torah” which is the Law of the LORD.

To summarize Verse 18, the author wants God to open his eyes so that he can look upon God’s wonderful characteristics.

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