“Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him — those who depend on His faithful love to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine. We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name. May Your faithful love rest on us, Yahweh, for we put our hope in You.”
Have you ever “kept an eye on” your neighbor’s child while she made her way to practice to pick him up or as a child been told by the teacher, “I’ve got my eye on you”? That term simply means that you’re being watched, to insure thst you’re protected and that you behave.
God, in similar fashion, promises that His attentive, protective gaze is upon those of us who worshipfully repect or “fear” God-those of us who depend on God to provide what we need. God, indeed is watching us, but not from a distance-He’s intricately involved in all aspects of our lives. While its clear in this same passage that God watches over all of earth’s inhabitants (vss 13-14), just like a teacher generally watches all the kids at school, its also clear that God takes a special interest in the lives of these who love and worship Him, just like that same teacher knows the individual needs of her specific students or to a greater degree, her own kids at home!
The psalm goes on to say, “we wait for Yahweh”, meaning we depend on Him and we serve Him, like one at a restaurant “waits” tables, we wait upon God!
The psalm finishes with an awesome prayer, “May Your faithful love rest on us, Yahweh, for we put our hope in You.”
Its one thing to know about God, to be aware of His general presence in our lives, to pray to Him when we need something and to thank and worship Him when He answers. This kind of relationship is “casual” at best.
Its yet another thing to recognize that everything good comes from God, to worship Him daily with everything we are and to choose to depend on Him for everything in life. That person has God’s full attention!
Which relationship with God are you in?
Think about it!