Sunday, April 11th, 2010
"[Jehovah's] beaming eyes examine the sons of men." (Psalm 11:4)
How do you feel about people who take a genuine interest in you? (Psalm 141:5; Galatians 6:1) Are you not drawn to such people? Well, Jehovah and his Son are just like that. In fact, their interest in you exceeds that of any human, and their motive is entirely unselfish; they want to help you to "get a firm hold on the real life." (1 Timothy 6:19; Revelation 3:19) The psalmist David expressed the depth of Jehovah's interest in us when he said the words of today's text. Yes, God does not simply look at us; he examines us. David also wrote: "You have examined my heart, you have made inspection by night . . . You will discover that I have not schemed." (Psalm 17:3) Clearly, David was aware of the depth of Jehovah's interest in him. He knew that he would hurt Jehovah and merit His displeasure if he nurtured sinful thoughts or developed a scheming heart. Is Jehovah as real to you as he was to David?
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08; 1:1, 2)
Here are some extra cross reference scriptures (related to the topic of today's text) demonstrating the depth of Jehovah's interest in us:
(2 Chronicles 16:9) "For, as regards Jehovah, his eyes are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him."
(Job 36:7) "He will not take away his eyes from anyone righteous..."
(Psalm 14:2) "As for Jehovah, he has looked down from heaven itself upon the sons of men, To see whether there exists anyone having insight, anyone seeking Jehovah."
(Psalm 34:15) "The eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous ones, And his ears are toward their cry for help."
(Malachi 3:16) "At that time those in fear of Jehovah spoke with one another, each one with his companion, and Jehovah kept paying attention and listening. And a book of remembrance began to be written up before him for those in fear of Jehovah and for those thinking upon his name."
(Psalm 33:18) "Look! The eye of Jehovah is toward those fearing him, To those waiting for his loving-kindness."