The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. Psalm 11:4
There are times that things need to be examined. Someone needs to look at something closely to determine some information about it. Doctors examine their patients to find out what is wrong with them. Police examine vehicles going down the road to determine if any laws are being broken. Lawyers and judges examine evidence to determine who is guilty. Bosses examine the work of their employees to determine how well the work is getting done.
Examinations can be cause a person to be nervous, because most people do not like to be seen so closely. They are afraid that faults may be found or they may be guilty of something.
David points out that even though God is in heaven He is watching everyone closely. God is examining, not just a few people, but everyone on the earth.
The majority of people in the world live their lives as though God is either not there or is not paying attention to them. Since they cannot see God directly, they think God cannot see or is not watching them. It is like a little child that puts his hands over his eyes, and says that no one can see him–he is hiding.
Some believers also live as the world does. They choose to do things that God is against, thinking that no one sees them.
Yet, God is doing an examination, He is watching everyone closely. God not only sees what is being done, but He also sees into the heart and sees the motives of why things are being done. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason is still wrong. A positive times a negative is always a negative.
Knowing that God is examining you can cause two feelings. One is anxiety, because you realize He knows when you are doing something wrong. The other is peace, because you know He is watching over you and knows your situation.
You allow a doctor to examine you at the doctor’s office, so then freely allow God to examine your life. God will do better than any doctor. He can point out areas you need to grow in or show you areas you have grown in already. Since God knows you so well, He can help you be more like Jesus everyday.
I pray today that you will know God is watching you; that you will find peace in God’s watching you; that you will allow God to show you areas to grow in and change; and that you will know God’s great love for you.
He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” Psalm 10:11
When a person is alone, he usually thinks that no one can see him. There does not appear to be any eyes watching anything that he does. With this type of thinking, a person can do what he wants with no fear of being caught or told he is wrong.
It is commonly thought that if a person does not get caught, he did nothing wrong. It is only when one is caught that he becomes wrong in what he did.
David talks about those who refuse to follow God and describes them and what they are like. He points out that they believe that God never sees what they are doing, that He covers His eyes to their evil deeds.
The world often acts like a little child playing a game of hide and seek. The child will cover his eyes and state that the other person cannot see him. The child believes that because he cannot see the other person, that person cannot see him.
God is invisible to the human eye, so no man can see him. The world acts as though God has His eyes covered, even though in reality, it is their eyes that are being covered.
Some believers tend to act in the same way. While in a secret place, alone, they will think and do things that are against God. Since they do not see God and no one else is watching, they feel that they are getting away with sin.
However, God does see everything that is happening, including the thoughts of the heart, that no man can see. God does not cover His eyes to sin. He may not do anything in the immediate about it, but He sees it and will deal with it before all is done. Judgement will come eventually.
Take a look at your own life and see what you may be trying to cover up in it. What are you doing in secret or in the heart that you think that God may not be seeing?
Do not allow yourself to deceive yourself into thinking that God does not see what you are doing. God does see. However, God does not want to condemn you. He wants to draw you to Himself and forgive you.
Turn towards God and seek forgiveness and then strive to live for Him. Live as though He is watching, because He is.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that God will help you to keep from you being deceived by your own self.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2
Walking down a busy street in a major city, one will see hundreds of people walking. Out of those hundreds of people walking, only a few will be showing a smile on their face, if any are actually smiling.
Very few people go about their day being glad. Usually they are upset about something not going right, or they just don’t want to be where they are at.
It is common to hear people complaining about something all the time in a workplace. The more people that work there, the higher the chance of someone complaining. There is no gladness or joy in their lives.
Despite all the enemies against him and his life always being in danger, David said that he would be glad and sing praises about God. He made a conscious choice to be glad and to rejoice in God. He made a conscious effort to sing praises about God.
The world is not alone in people not being glad. Going to a church one will see many people with sadness in their faces, there is no joy and gladness in their appearance. And these are the believers, the ones who should be full of joy. Ask many people what praise report they have of what God is doing in their lives and most people have nothing to say.
Every believer should always be full of gladness and joy. They have the greatest gifts ever–forgiveness of sins and eternal life. No matter what life gives a believer, he can know he has life, this should put gladness on his face and a song in his heart of praise. He should not be able to stop talking about how great God is. It is a choice to be made.
Take a moment to think about how much God has done for you already. Think about how great His love for you is. Think about what Jesus did for you in the cross. These few things should make you very glad. It should give you an endless list of things to praise about God to others.
As you go through your day, put a smile on your face and be glad. Show the world that you believe in God, that He is in control and you really do have a great life. It is your choice to be glad, choose it.
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will see what God has done for you; that you will have gladness of God in your life; and that you will constantly sing praises of who God is and what He has done.