One of my favorite verses is Psalm 32:8,
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
I shared this verse with a group of guys the other day, and I said I didn’t really know what it meant “I will guide you with My eye.” One of the guys suggested this: he said that a dog looks to see where his master’s eyes are looking and that’s how he knows where to go. Another guy in the group suggested that in football a good defensive player knows where the quarterback is going to throw the ball by watching his eyes.
I never considered this as a possible explanation of this verse. It’s not what the commentators say. Albert Barnes in his Barnes Notes gives this commentary:
The literal meaning is, “I will counsel thee; mine eye shall be upon thee.” DeWette, “my eye shall be directed toward thee.” The IDEA is that of one who is telling another what way he is to take in order that he may reach a certain place; and he says he will watch him, or will keep an eye upon him; he will not let him go wrong.
Quoting from Matthew Henry,
“I will give thee the best counsel I can and then observe whether thou takest it or no.” Those that are taught in the word should be under the constant inspection of those that teach them; spiritual guides must be overseers.
Here are two verses that may add some insight:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
I like the idea of God watching me with his eyes. That’s comforting. I also think that with our minds eye we can watch God’s eyes and we will know which way He is going and which way He wants us to go. That’s an interesting thought. But how do we do that? Any thoughts?
Here’s something I found a minute ago, from a sermon by Rev. Maurice Roberts, that Ithought was good:
There is a way in which the eye helps us. We give guidance to people with our eye. Perhaps we don’t always realise this but a master gives guidance to his servants at a feast. The master’s servants are standing to attention at the side of the room. All he has to do is indicate and they come with a fresh dish of food. He guides them with his eye. They know what he means just by a movement of the head or a gesture of the finger. His eye is upon them and so they come. So it is with thousands of angels waiting on God and as soon as they get the nod, as it were, from Him – I speak in reverence – they will come as ministering servants and spirits to minister to the people of God who love Him in this world. His eye is upon His angels to command them to help us in every time of need.