VIDEO Wondrous Things

Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. Psalm 119:18

Scholars call Psalm 119 a devotional acrostic. Psalm 119 has 176 verses extoling the beauty and merits of God’s Word. The 176 verses are grouped into 22 stanzas following the order of the Hebrew alphabet. Each verse in a stanza begins with the same Hebrew letter. Verse 18 expresses the psalmist’s heart as a prayer: “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.”

What are these wondrous things? The psalmist may have used Psalm 19:7-11 as motivation. This passage groups God’s Word into six categories: law, testimony, statutes, commandments, fear (one’s response to the Word), and judgments. They are perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true, and righteous. They revive, make wise, give joy, give light, endure forever, and are most precious. “And in keeping them there is great reward” (verse 11). No wonder the author of Psalm 119 called them “wondrous things.”.

Use Psalm 119:18 as a prayer each time you open God’s Word. Then look for the wondrous things it contains.

The Bible is God’s book, not man’s book. J. Gresham Machen

An Exposition of Psalm 119, Part One

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