Psalm 32:8-10 (New King James Version)
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
We’ve all experienced getting “The Look;” that silent gaze which communicates displeasure with our behaviour: “you’re being naughty and I know it!” Even a small child recognises the warning glint in the eyes of a parent when they’re unable to verbally reprimand them for their actions. Likewise, we have (hopefully!) also experienced the look in someone’s eyes that says “well done!,” “I’m proud of you!,” or, “I love you.” The closer we are to someone, the more sensitive we are to receiving the messages from their eyes.
This morning I was meeting with someone at a cafe. A blind man came into the cafe, led by his golden Labrador. I couldn’t help but look at the gentle, patient animal and the way it so carefully guided its owner in the way to go. He completely trusted the eyes of his dog to see for him, to the extent of allowing it to lead him through a busy Square.
Our Heavenly Father desires such intimacy of relationship with us that we’re sensitive enough to be “guided by his eye.” The example of the opposite in Psalm 32:9 causes me to think of more painful forms of guidance…a yank here and a yank there to get our attention and keep us on track. How God must delight when we come to him and learn from him willingly. How it must grieve him when we don’t “come near” out of heartfelt desire.
Father, help me to be a person of understanding. Teach me to train the eyes of my heart recognise your face and be sensitive to your direction, your encouragement, and even at times your displeasure. Teach me to hear your voice as I commune with you in your Word, in prayer, and walk with you in this journey of life. Help me to delight in you for your sake. Captivate my heart, Jesus!