The eyes of the Lord are active

When I was in high school, we used to sing a song about the eyes of the Father searching the earth looking for intercessors. I was reminded of it when I read 2 Chronicles 16:9, which is part of a prophet’s words of judgement to King Asa of Judah:

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless towards him.

I always thought the words of the song were drawn from the Bible, so I embarked on a search. I came up empty—but not unrewarded, for I found a number of verses about the eyes of the Lord doing something.

(Note: the links point to the context of the verse)

For good

  • Deuteronomy 11:12 – Moses tells the Israelites that the Lord’s eyes are on the land of Canaan all year round.
  • 1 Kings 9:3, 2 Chronicles 7:15-16 – In response to Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple, Yahweh tells the king that His eyes and heart would  be on that house for all time.
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9 – King Asa of Judah failed to trust in the Lord who strengthens those who are fully committed to Him.
  • Psalm 33:18 – The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him that He may deliver them
  • Psalm 34:15 – The eyes and ears of the Lord are towards the righteous that He may deliver and save them.
  • Psalm 101:6 – The eyes of the Lord are on the faithful that they may dwell with Him.
  • Jeremiah 24:6 – The Lord set His eyes on the Judean exiles to bring them back to the land and to give them a heart to know Him.

For harm

  • Jeremiah 5:3 – The eyes of the Lord looked for truth, but found none. The people of God would be destroyed, but not completely.
  • Amos 9:4, 8 – The eyes of the Lord are on the sinful kingdom (i.e. Israel) for evil and not for good. It would be destroyed, but not completely.

For both good and harm

  • Psalm 11:4 – His eyes are on both the righteous and the wicked. The former will see His face and the latter will face judgement.
  • Proverbs 15:3 – “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
  • Proverbs 22:12 – “The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.”

So what?

One common thread I see in these verses is that God’s eyes are on something or someone in order that He may do something.

1. So that God may do something: The song of my teenage years had Him searching for people who would do something, which kind of puts the spotlight on us humans. From these verses, it is clear that the God of Israel is the one doing the main action.

2. So that God may do something: He’s not just watching for the sake of it but so that He may act accordingly: either to bring judgement or to bring blessing. And in this collection of verses, there’s more about blessing than about judgement.

The Lord is watching and is actively involved in the lives of His children—for His glory and for their good!

(P.S. If you know the song and its scriptural reference, do share in the comments!)