The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
1. When we are alone this truth should be ever with us to keep us from the temptation of evil thoughts and purposes.
2. In our families this truth should make us watchful over our tempers, anxious to consult each other's wishes and feelings.
3. In society it should make us give great heed to our words, and be temperate in all things; it should make masters remember that they have a Master in heaven; and servants should be incited by it to perform their duties not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord.
4. In sorrow it should lead us, as it did Job, to be patient and resigned, and to put our trust in God.
5. In sin, when we are so unhappy as to fall into sin, the presence of the Lord should lead us, as it did St. Peter, to repentance.
6. Lastly, and above all, the recollection of this truth should be with us in church. For if we are assured that "the eyes of the Lord are in every place," we are also assured that they are specially in this place.
(R. Ward, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.