The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
The text, with others treating of the same subject, assures us, concerning the Divine notice of us, that -
I. IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNIVERSAL. The eyes of the Lord are "in every place." There is no secret place, however screened from the sight of man, which is not "naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (see Psalm 139; Jeremiah 23:24; Hebrews 4:13).
II. IT IS CONSTANT. Absolutely unintermitted, day and night; through youth and age; in prosperity end in adversity; under all imaginable conditions.
III. IT IS THOROUGH. Penetrating to the innermost sanctuary of the soul, searching its most secret places, "discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart;" discovering
(1) beneath the fair exterior that which is foul within;
(2) beneath the rugged surface the inward beauty which is breaking forth.
IV. IT IS TO BE FEARED BY THE REBELLIOUS AND THE DISOBEDIENT.
1. Those who are living and are purposing to live in the commission of some flagrant sin.
2. Those who are deliberately rejecting the authority and disregarding the merciful overtures of God in Jesus Christ.
3. And also those who are continually postponing the hour of decision and of return to their allegiance. These souls may fear to think that the eye of the Holy One is continually upon them; or they may be ashamed as they think that the eye of the appealing and disappointed Saviour is regarding them.
V. IT IS TO BE COURTED BY THE TRUE AND FAITHFUL.
1. The hearts that are turning toward a Divine Redeemer may be encouraged to believe that his glance of kind encouragement is upon them (see Mark 10:21).
2. The hearts that are surrendering themselves to Christ in faith and love may fill with peace and rest as they are assured of his acceptance (Matthew 11:28-30; John 5:24; John 6:46, 47).
3. The hearts that, in his holy service, are honestly and earnestly striving to follow and to honour him and to do his work may be glad with a pure, well founded joy as they count on his precious regard, his loving approval. To these it will be a perpetual delight that the "eyes of the Lord are in every place," beholding every human heart and. every human life. - C.
Parallel VersesKJV: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.