The chihuahua puppy looks so tiny and vulnerable sitting on an outstretched hand. This breed of dog is only four inches long at birth. Puppies seem especially vulnerable and helpless during their first few days. They are not only blind but deaf, toothless and unable to regulate body temperature. To cuddle their mother and siblings and to nurse, they depend on their sense of touch and smell. Their eyes do not open until their second week. Life gets suddenly much larger when these tiny puppies can begin to explore and discover their world.
Today’s verse describes eyes that are opened to wonderful things in God’s law. Our eyes can miss what is positive in God’s commandments. Those wonders can easily escape us. This verse is a prayer that God would open spiritual eyes to see God’s law differently. This entire psalm goes on to extol and praise God’s law. The author’s eyes have been opened to see a long list of wonderful things: blessing, purity, delight, strength, understanding, knowledge, good judgement, freedom and comfort, to name just a few! God answered the author’s prayer.
I do not often feel this way about God’s law. Instead of seeing “wonderful things,” in His law, I sometimes see it as negative and restrictive. My eyes need to be opened! I want to see those same wonders in His law, especially the comfort and blessing! God’s law is given with love and with the desire to make life work for me. I need my eyes open to explore and discover how God wants me to live and to see it as wonderful!
Open my eyes today, Lord.