Claiming the Promises of the Psalms: The Promise of God’s Watchful Eye

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you….Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him….From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth….But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Psalm 32:8b, 10; 33:14, 18

I’m writing this post during an incredibly disturbing time. The world is in the second year of a pandemic; my country is in turmoil; friends in another country are sick, starving and oppressed; Haitians are experiencing yet another natural disaster while their country is leaderless; and many freedom loving people are caught in the most frightening circumstances imaginable in Afghanistan.

God promises His presence but His is not an inactive presence – like a babysitter who reads her novel while she should be keeping an eye on the children. God’s loving eyes are on you. He watches over you. Nothing escapes His attention or His concern.

How do we square the truth of God’s watchful eye with the sad state of affairs in our world? Are His children saved miraculously out of trials? Some are. Many are not. Remember the Lord Jesus who willingly died in our place. Remember His disciples and thousands who have been martyred since His death and resurrection. Many of the Psalms deal with persecution and disaster. We cannot ignore that fact.

I find myself so heart broken for those who are suffering that I can’t stop checking to see if things have gotten any better. They haven’t. My eternal perspective assures me that they will. I know God sees all that is going on. For my brothers and sisters in Christ, this promise comes at a crucial time. God is watching. He sees everyone, but His loving eyes are focused on His family. This life is but a vapor, but eternity lasts forever. His watchful eye takes note and He will reward trust in Him. He turns His face from those who do evil. God is just and His justice will prevail.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit…Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:15-18,21-22

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