Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare Your praise. – (Psalm 51:15, NIV)
Yet He gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens. – (Psalm 78:23, NIV)
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law. – (Psalm 119:18, NIV)
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. – (Psalm 118:19, NIV)
You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. – (Psalm 145:16, NIV)
Last evening, my husband and I went to a New Year’s prayer service at our church. It provided opportunity to be intentional in a sort of resetting as we journey into 2019. As we spent some time in worship and prayer, I wondered if there was a word that would lead as we walk forward into the new that God has for us. The word that kept coming to my mind and heart was “Open”. At that time, I had a sense that it was for me to be intentionally open to what God has for me, and to be open to others so that He can work through me. That being said, my thought this morning was to do a bit of a word study in His word. The verses above stood out to me as guiding principles as to how to be “open”. As I open my eyes and my mouth, I shall see and speak of His wonders. Additionally, God wants me to be open to receive and walk into the new that He has for me. May our hearts and eyes be open to all that God has, and our mouths ready to reveal the love and grace that He has granted, so that we too, may pour out to those around us.
Open my eyes, Lord,
So, I ever see;
All of the blessings,
And Your great beauty.
Open my mouth, Lord,
So that I may speak;
Of infinite good,
And point to Your peace.
Open hands and heart,
So that I may share;
All that You’ve given,
Make clear that You care.
Open up the way,
And level the trails;
So, Your way is clear,
Your love never fails.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that because You are open to us, we too, can be open to You and all that You have for us. Thank You that You are intentional with Your plans and purposes for our lives. Thank You that we get to participate in Your goodness and grace, as Your abundance is poured out as we run well our race. Forgive us for the times that we have not been open to all that You have for us or to those around us. Show us how to love others with open hearts and hands, granting You room to move in us and through us in a way that blesses all those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we choose to be open to You and allow You room to move through our open hands and hearts. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8