PSALM 32:8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Have you ever taken time to think about the eye of God? This may seem a strange question at first, yet the Scriptures are replete with references to the eye of God. Here is a well know verse that many are familiar with.
- “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”. II Chronicles 16:9a NKJV
When we think of the eye of the Lord we are naturally drawn to ponder His omniscience. God is all knowing. He knows are beginning and our end. He see everything perfectly. There is nothing that slips past His eyes. His is all seeing, all knowing, and all wise. This is such a profound truth that it takes our finite minds a while to even acknowledge it.
What I find so captivating in this one verse from Psalm 32 is the fact that He leads us with His eye. He has given us His Word as the foundation of our life and His Spirit as the guide for our life. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are led by the very eye of God!
- “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15 NKJV
Just like the disciples, there are things that the Lord desires to reveal to our hearts. There are pathways that He desires to lead us down. These things may be unknown to us but they are known to Him. How does the Lord reveal them to us? He does this through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. In our life The Holy Spirit is the eye of God.
Let’s unpack this in a practical way. In life we all have important decisions to make. There are forks on the road where we must choose a direction. The decisions we make could mean the difference between success and failure, even life or death. This is an overwhelming responsibility. How can we know what the right decision is?
- “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
We have the indwelling Holy Spirit revealing the Word of God in our hearts, and guiding us in our thoughts and deeds as He proclaims and reveals the will of God. He guides us with the very eye of God. Only the Lord knows what is around the corner of each decision we need to make. As we learn to walk after the Holy Spirit, and learn the importance of obedience to His Word and His still small voice, we will be led upon the right path.
This is true in the deepest spiritual issues of life and in the most ordinary and practical issues we face. God desires to lead us. His eye will go before us. He will be our forward and rear guard. The Holy Spirit will whisper through His Word and His still small voice – “…this is the way, walk ye in it.” This is why the Psalmist proclaims,
- “For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”. Psalms 32:6-7 NKJV
The context of these two verses is the assurance of forgiveness and salvation and the promise of God’s instruction and leading. Jesus not only saves us from our sins, He save us from ourselves. As the mighty Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Jesus guides us through the Spirit, as our faithful and good Shepherd. He leads us down the pathway of righteousness for His name’s sake. He guides us with His eye!
Lord, this morning I want to thank you for Your grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, and omniscience. As I stand before You in prayer I acknowledge that You are my hiding place. You will lead me, guide me, protect me, and shelter me. You will guide me with Your eye! Grant me the grace to hear Your still small voice and hearing to obey.
Guide me with Your eye!
In Jesus Name!