Theology—the study of God—is nothing more than man’s feeble attempt to wrap his mind around the infinite God of the universe. Two doctrinal concepts about God that continue to stump me are His omniscience and His omnipresence. The omniscience of God means that He is all-seeing; His omnipresence speaks to the fact that He is everywhere-present. There’s nowhere that God isn’t and there’s nothing that He doesn’t see.
Here’s a bewildering thought: multiplied thousands, maybe millions, of His children are calling out to Him in prayer at this very moment and God listens to and engages with each one like they have a private audience with Him! God is not limited to time or space; He exists apart from and outside of them.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 33:13, “the Lord looks from heaven; he sees all the sons of men.” God is aware of and attentive to every single person under the sun: what they’re wearing, what they’re doing, what they’re thinking, planning, dreaming. A few verses later, in the same psalm, David goes on to say, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him” (33:18).
Something to think about: there’s a difference between merely seeing something and having your eye on something. In high school, you saw everyone in the classroom, but your eye was on—stayed on— the person you had a crush on.
I was at Chick-fil-A a few weeks ago with my boys and we ate outside in the playground area. After the same old constant threatening that they won’t be able to play on the slides unless they eat their lunch first, they finally finished enough food for me to grant them access to the playground equipment. The place was packed with young children and parents; it seemed everyone was taking advantage of the unusually warm winter weather.
While sitting at the picnic table that day, I physically saw all of the children. I heard all of them laughing and squealing and I was aware of their presence. But I had my eye on only two. Mine. I had my ears perked for their voices alone. I wanted to make sure they were safe, secure, accounted for. Of course, if one of the other children had a crisis on the playground, I would do anything I could to help. But my primary focus was Levi and Jed.
I think that’s the message here in Psalm 33. God made all of humanity in His image. He’s aware and concerned about every living soul on earth. He loves each and every one of us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us so that we would have the opportunity to be with Him forever in heaven, adopted into His family. But His eye is on His children that fear Him. His special gaze rests on those that respect and revere Him and aim to please Him above all. His affection and attention is locked in on those who realize their utter helplessness without Him.
Our salvation isn’t tied to anything we do; it’s all in what Jesus has done for us. But the blessing and favor of God—the eye of the Lord resting on us—is inextricably linked to our fear of the Lord. I don’t know about you but I don’t want God to just see me, I want His eye on me today.