This is my Life Journal entry for today, 12/26/08. You can pick up a Life Journal at the Connections Table in the Cafe at Ephesus. This would make an incredible start to the new year; start regular plan of reading through Scripture.
Psalm 119:82 “My eyes fail from searching Your word.” Again in verse 123, the Psalmist writes of losing his eyesight while reading Scripture.
Even in this day of glasses and top-notch optometry, many years of reading or staring at computer screens can cause a loss of strength in our eyesight. Here the Psalmist (most likely King David), talks of his eyesight failing as he reads and reads God’s Word to us. Throughout Psalm 119, he talks of digging through Scripture, making him wise, lighting his path, giving him truth, giving him cause to rejoice. And in this verse we see why, he is constantly reading the bible, so much so his eyesight is failing. This past week I took some time off over Christmas. My current favorite thing to do when I have some time to myself is fire up Netflix Instant Viewing library and watch random stuff I’d probably never take the time to rent. Several favorites of the past week: Seaquest, Magnum PI season 1 and the original BBC production of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I think actually came out as a precursor to the book. In the midst of staring at my computer screen so much I got some vicious headaches. Which caused me to think of a couple of things, 1) I’m getting a little older, 2) Are these old TV shows worth my time and my eyesight! The psalmist is not complaining about the loss of his eyesight, he’s noting how committed he is to God’s Word. We give our eyes to so much…how much do I really commit to God’s Word.
I’m trying to diligently follow the reading plan in my Life Journal and journal as well. The last couple of weeks leading to Christmas I fell behind. This passage has convicted and inspired me to “lose my eyesight” in study of Scripture. I prepare sermons weekly and do a lot of Scripture reading as a part of that prep, but for me there is something necessary and personal in regular reading and reflection on God’s Word, to the point of losing my eyesight in that pursuit if necessary.
Lord, I re-commit to the personal time between you and me in Your letter to me. If I’m to lose my eyesight, let it be as a result of so much time spent in Your Word!