I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)
God has promised to guide His children. He does not want us stumbling through life, making mistakes that can cause us great harm and damage. He wants to guide us, and He is able to do so. David said that the Lord would guide us ‘with His eye.’ What does this mean?
There are two possible interpretations of what this means:
1) TO BE GUIDED WITH GOD’S EYE MEANT THAT DAVID HAD GOD’S FULL ATTENTION
When the Lord told David that He would guide him with His eye, He meant that He would watch over David and keep His eye upon him and not let him go wrong. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Throughout Scripture God has promised to guide us.
Psalm 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way. ESV
Proverbs 2:6-9 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. NIV
But there is also a second interpretation of what it means for God to guide us with His eye.
2) TO BE GUIDED WITH GOD’S EYE MEANT THAT GOD HAD DAVID’S FULL ATTENTION
For God to be able to guide David with His eye meant that David had to be focused on God and sensitive to His leading. Perhaps many of you will remember the story of Elijah who received the Lord’s guidance in a rather unusual way. After defeating the prophets of Baal, wicked Queen Jezebel threatened his life and caused him to run and hide in the wilderness. As Elijah sat there, discouraged and depressed, the Lord spoke to him, yet the Lord did not do so in a way that many of us might imagine. Though God was able to produce great winds, earthquakes, and fires, the Bible says that the Lord spoke to His servant in a ‘still small voice.’ (see 1 Kings 19). For Elijah to hear that still small voice, he had to be completely focused on God. The Bible says –
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! NKJV
Psalm 105:4 Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! NKJV
Psalm 27:8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” ESV
I close today with this quote from Charles Spurgeon –
“As servants take their cue from the master’s eye, and a nod or a wink is all that they require, so should we obey the slightest hints of our Master, not needing thunderbolts to startle our incorrigible sluggishness, but being controlled by whispers and love-touches.” (Spurgeon, Treasury of David)
God bless you brethren.