Summary: In order to be successful in being able to make change in one's life, we must be able to have eyes that are open to seeing some basic truths.
• SLIDE #1
• 2015! WELCOME! I am excited for the New Year!
• With a New Year comes excitement; we have habits to break and weight to lose as well as bank accounts to fill.
• The New Year brings new possibilities, this is one of the reasons we celebrate the ushering in of the New Year.
• Maybe this will be the year all goes right. The gyms will be filled (for a few weeks) and we will eat better (for a few meals).
• Resolutions are made with sincere hearts only to be later left on the dust pile of the history of broken resolutions.
• Why do we struggle making the changes we should make in life?
• Today we will embark on a journey through the subject of Building A New You. We will begin our journey by examining the principle of having Eyes That Are Open.
• One of the keys to being able to walk down the path of change involved having eyes that are open; however, not simple open, but eyes that are open to being able to see the issues one deals with which holds them back, or inhibits one’s ability to build a new you.
• We will begin or trek into building a new you in Psalm 119. This is a great Psalm and is the longest of the Psalms coming in with a whopping 176 verses. WE WILL BE HERE FOR A WHILE TODAY! ☺
• Actually we will examine one of the eight verse segments, 17-24.
• Psalm 119 is interesting since it is an ACROSTIC Psalm.
• The eight verse sections or stanzas are arranged to the order of the twenty-two letter Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter to form the acrostic.
• This Psalm is written to extol the virtue of treasuring God’s Word.
• The Psalmist uses eight words to represent God’s Law over 153 times in the 176 verses.
• In our passage the Psalmist will promote the thought that The Word of the Lord is a comfort in times of difficulty and distress for the godly.
• Let’s begin by turning to Psalm 119:17-20
• SLIDE #2
• Psalm 119:17–20 (HCSB) 17 Deal generously with Your servant so that I might live; then I will keep Your word. 18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction. 19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide Your commands from me. 20 I am continually overcome with longing for Your judgments.
• SLIDE #1
• The first purpose for one having eyes that are open is
I. Eyes that are open to see what is important in life. (17-20)
• The Psalmist asks God to deal with him generously so the he would live.
• The Psalmist is in the midst of some trials and tribulations, which were causing him a great deal of trouble so he turns to God.
• He calls himself God’s servant denoting a close relationship between the writer and God. The phrase shows the writer to be both submissive and loyal to God.
• The desire of the writer is to keep God’s Word even in the midst of difficult times.
• The writer is pleading with God to allow Him to get through the difficulties so that he can continue to keep God’s Word.
• The Psalmist’s eyes are open to see what is truly important in life.
• His eyes are not only open, but they see what is before him. He is not blinded by the present troubles he is beset by; but rather, he knows keeping God’s Word is the purpose for his life.
• How many times in life do we have our eyes open, yet do not see?
• Everyone else around us can see the train coming down the tracks but we can’t.
• Not too long before we moved to Sierra Vista, I was driving my Mazda Pick-Up truck down a highway in Illinois. It was a clear day; I was running the speed limit. There was not a lot of traffic on the road.
• I was wide-awake. I saw a delivery truck ahead of me. There were no side roads, no stop lights or signs ahead.
• Next thing I know I am slamming on my brakes and I slide into the back of the delivery truck at a high enough speed to total out my beloved truck.
• I saw the truck, my eyes were open, and so what happened? The truck was stopped in the middle of the highway because a semi ahead of him had stopped thinking he was going to hit the overpass with his semi.
• When it registered in my head the delivery truck was stopped, it was too late for my poor little truck.