“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“The Eyes of Your Heart”

(Please read Ephesians 1:15-19)

December 9

At first glance, our title may seem as if somebody made a mistake in copying the quotation; this is the only occurrence in the Bible where these two vital organs appear to be so closely joined together. It’s another of those picturesque phrases which add to the beauty of the sacred text, and neither the heart nor the eyes as mentioned here are literal bodily organs.

Paul was describing his prayer that God would give the Ephesians real spiritual discernment, and doubtless they understood what he meant. Maybe the Ephesians even used such terms as “the mind’s eye” and “eye of faith” as we do.

It’s a sad fact that many folks have heard the good news of Christ so often that it no longer excites curiosity, much less belief; the eyes of their hearts are closed. Fortunate indeed is the person whose heart’s eyes have been enlightened to understand the glorious message of salvation in Christ. With such eyes one can see the beckoning hand of Jesus as he says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” And those eyes can look at the ordinary bread and wine of communion and see the body of Christ and the blood he shed for our salvation. That person’s mind is attuned to hear the Lord speaking to every searching soul.

Our prayer for you, dear reader, echoes that of the apostle Paul for the Ephesians. Read carefully and often, with a keen eye for truth, and rejoice over the treasures Holy Writ has for you.

[Note: Some Bible versions, including the King James, use expressions a little different from that shown in our title, which is found in the New American Standard and New International translations, and perhaps others.]

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