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An All-Seeing Eye

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Sermon shared by Alan Smith

February 1999
Summary: God knows all that we are doing, but that can be comforting as well as frightening.
Audience: General adults
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we set up a movie projector, and on this movie film we have a five-minute insight into your life. Now weíd probably edit out most of the good parts. We donít have time for that; weíre really more interested in the trash. And so we have a little five-minute segment here of all the sins in your life or at least from the past few years.

All those words that slipped out, the things you did in private thinking nobody would ever see, even the thoughts that zipped through your mind for just a moment. Weíve got it all here, a five-minute segment and everybodyís going to know everything about you. So we flip on the switch and there it goes on the screen. Would you enjoy that? I know I would -- as long as itís one of you who is the star of the movie. But when you get to my film clip, Iím out of here.

I donít really want you to know that. I donít want to open all that up. It would be frightening to have someone know everything about us, and yet when you come to Psalm 139, thatís exactly the picture you get of God. God knows more than weíd care to have known if given the choice. He sees every nook and cranny of my life. Everything is subject to his scrutiny.

Several years ago, Bette Midler came out with a beautiful song called "From a Distance". In part of that song, she sings "God is watching us, God is watching us, God is watching us from a distance." Iíve always had mixed feelings about that song because I couldnít tell whether the emphasis was on the fact that God is watching us or the fact that God isnít anywhere nearby. But it certainly is true that God is watching us.

I remember, as a child, being impressed by an awesome image of Godís presence. When I was a teen-ager we used to sing a song thatís not in our songbooks here, "Thereís an all-seeing eye watching you; Watching you, watching you, Every day mind the course you pursue." Actually, itís a wonderful song if you understand what itís saying, but I used to hate it. All I can picture is this big eyeball in the sky that looks down on you and sees everything. You donít get away with anything. "Thereís an all-seeing eye watching you."

In Psalm 139:1-6, David wrote, "O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it."

In this passage, as much as we say weíd like to be known, this is a real frightening psalm. And I think one of the reasons itís so frightening is because itís hard to find much comfort in it. Here is this God who sees everything there is to know about us, even what weíre thinking.

David uses some descriptive words to talk about how God knows us. And itís not just
Comments and Shared Ideas
Alan, this is a great lesson. Thanks for the insightful look at an amazingly beautiful Psalm of David about our all knowing God.

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