God Guides Us with His Eye – From Psalm 32:8

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:

 Ps 33:18-19

 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.



Ps 34:15

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.

 Thanks Maurice.

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14 Responses to God Guides Us with His Eye – From Psalm 32:8

  1. Diana Symons says:

    A faithful servant is watching the master and eager to obey. That’s the heart that God loves. I too, love this verse.

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  4. Akinkunmi S says:

    This is a great work giving light unto our heart in time of confusion.
    God bless you more with wisdom

  5. Jenny Reid says:

    God ‘guiding’ or ‘watching’ over us with His eye could refer to believers being the ‘Apple of His eye” (The “apple” in the apple of the eye is a translation of the Hebrew word for “apple,” ishon, which is related to the word ish, meaning “man.” Etymologically, the ishon of the eye is “the little man of the eye.” Have you ever looked someone in the eye and seen your own reflection in their pupil? That’s the “little man,” right in the center of the eye. Got questions.org) It therefore could be referred that God has us in His eyesight and will keep guard over and protect us as He would the pupil of His own eye and He can protect us as easily as our eyelids protect our pupils. As much as He has us in His eyesight, we have Him in ours as the ‘little man or woman’ in the center of God’s eye. Thus by looking to our Lord for guidance He will look back and give us guidance so that we will see clearly.

  6. Justin says:

    As with many scriptures, I believe there can be more than one beneficial meaning/interpretation lifted out. I like the thought that the more in tune and intimate our relationship with the Lord is, our ability to receive instruction becomes so instinctive and natural that He, in essence, can simply guide us with His eye. Much like the analogy of the dog that understands his master’s command simply by the masters eye.

  7. Anonymous says:

    He will show us the way if we ask him

  8. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe there is so much debate about something that is so simple to translate as a parable – what God is saying is that he will instruct you with his eye – his eye being Angels if asking God what to do or need help. On the other hand if a modern day Prophet Both are Gods eyes that instruct. From Jacqueline

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your post. This scripture came to my mind so I looked it up. Your post reminds me of 1 Peter 5:7 in the AMPC which says: “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” I love the fact that God keeps his eye on me and carefully watches over all that touches my life. I know he hears my crys.

  10. Vanessa H says:

    Coming from the East, to me this verse glows with the loving relationship between a parent & child. Like a father & his child at the park. The father sitting on a bench watching his offspring run around with seemingly boundless energy, trying every ride, climbing everything that a kid can climb. The father’s adoring eyes watching with joy, while the child keeps looking toward dad, before he tries something new, looking for both, approval & protection. The child knows if this is not safe, Dad’s look will alert him & if it is fine to go ahead, Dad’s look will affirm his consent while his nod underscores his approval. Also, the child is delighted when his father notices every ‘triumph’ the child accomplishes at the park. The trusting child blossoms under the fathers loving, proven, reliable gaze while the father delights in this vibrant extension of himself. A bond of intimacy.

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