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God’s Eyes in the Psalms

 August 3, 2023

God’s eyes are ever present, ever watchful. They see everything, even that which is hidden. They aren’t blue or green or brown or any known color, at least from what we know from Scripture. But they are all knowing, all loving, as we learn from the Psalms.

God’s Eyes in Scripture

We read in Scripture how God’s eyes see everything:

  • She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me. Genesis 16:13, NIV
  • “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5
  • The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
    Watching the evil and the good
    . Proverbs 15:3
  • For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And his ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

Also, God’s eyes bestow favor: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”  Gen. 6:8

And that the Lord looks to the heart, not outward appearances.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7

God’s Eyes in the Psalms

These themes are echoed in the Psalms:

  • I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
    I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
  • Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
    On those who hope for His lovingkindness
    . 33:18
  • The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    And His ears are open to their cry
    . 34:15
  • Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
    And in Your book were all written
    The days that were ordained for me,
    When as yet there was not one of them.

God’s eyes also see the tears of his people:

  • I will be glad and rejoice in Your loving devotion, for You have seen my affliction; You have known the anguish of my soul. 31:7
  • But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. 10:14
  • You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle and have recorded each one in your book. 56:8

God’s face in the Psalms

We also have numerous passages that speak of God’s face. Certainly, God’s eyes are in God’s face. It is good to be seen by God.

  • Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
    Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
  • This is the generation of those who seek Him,
    Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah.
  • Make Your face to shine upon Your servant;
    Save me in Your lovingkindness.
  • The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
    To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
  • God be gracious to us and bless us,
    And cause His face to shine upon us
    — Selah. 67:1
  • O Lord God of hosts, restore us;
    Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.
  • Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress. 102:2
  • Seek the Lord and His strength;
    Seek His face continually. 
  • Make Your face shine upon Your servant. 119:135

What do we learn about God’s Eyes in the Psalms?

God is always watching us, not in a stalking sense, but more like a grandparent doting on their grandchildren. No longer responsible for raising the child, we delight in our grandchildren and weep when they are hurting. This is God’s eyes in the Psalms. These are the eyes of a God who knows us, loves us, rejoices with us, hears us when we cry out to him, and weeps with and for us.

This is a God worth knowing and trusting.

What has been your experience with God’s eyes? Are you comfortable under his gaze, or do you squirm? For a related post read: Psalm 139: Looking at God Who is Looking at you.


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