â€œI delight in thy law.â€ (Psalm 119:70)
How could anyone find the law delightful? The mere mention of law in our day conjures up images of incomprehensible tax codes, inexplicable zoning ordinances and a myriad of unintelligible ballot initiatives. Itâ€™s so impersonal; nothing more than complicated black and white barriers that fence us in and deny simplification.
To most people today, God is a doctrine, not a reality. What they know of Him is merely the black and white that appears on Scriptureâ€™s sacred pages. They know Him impersonally, but not experientially. They know some black and white scriptural statutes, but have never viewed them through the colorful prism of a personal relationship with God. Therefore, Godâ€™s law to them is monochrome and dull, not multicolored and vibrant.
To the Psalmist, Godâ€™s law was personal. It was a personal word from God to him. It wasnâ€™t just a listless list of dos and donâ€™ts, but a personal guide to life. Behind every law was Godâ€™s infinite love. God had prescribed it in order to steer the Psalmist clear of the pitfalls of life and to guide him into a most gratifying life. Is there any wonder, then, that the Psalmist prayed, â€œOpen my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your lawâ€ (Psalm 119:18).
â€œOpen my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!â€ (Clara H. Scott)