If I’m picking up what David is laying down this morning, then God sees me. Not just in some macro sense, as in, if God sees everything and knows everything then of course He sees me. Rather, it seems that God’s preferred method of looking upon “the children of man” is not through wide-angle binoculars, but with a pin-point focused microscope so that God actually sees me! The Almighty sees each person, as Spurgeon puts it, “as much and as perfectly as if there were no other creature in the universe.”
The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORDs throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of man. The LORD tests the righteous . . .
(Psalm 11:4-5a ESV)
It was years ago when I first made the observation that God has eyelids. And through them He scrutinizes and thoroughly examines those made to bear His image.
His glory filling the heavens, He reigns supreme from His throne over all the earth. And yet, with His eyelids pressed together, He peers into the heart, soul, and circumstance of individuals. He inspects their actions and words. Intently, it’s like He squints to observe the unobservable, to know the thoughts and motivations of the heart.
Kind of intimidating, ain’t it!
So, what’s He thinking?
If God knows me so intimately, if He examines me so closely, how do I know how He’s processing these detailed observations?
. . . the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
(Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV)
The God-breathed Scriptures are my way of knowing what He’s seeing. My Bible is my microscope into His. Every time I open His Word, something of His ways are opened to me. Something of His thoughts are revealed to me. I can see, though dimly, what He sees. I can know, through the active agency of His Spirit, what He knows about me.
Still pretty intimidating. But at least I know, in some measure, the outcome of God’s scrutiny and the results of His testing.
But what do with it? What do I do when the dross becomes evident? When it’s been revealed that the old man is not as dead as he should be? When sin becomes evident?
Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
(Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV)
We hold fast our confession. His thorough examination not a reason to run and hide. Not intended that we’d be so discouraged we would cease and desist. Instead, we stand fast knowing that He who tests us with His eyelids has also provided for us through His Son. A great High Priest who knows our frailties and failings–tempted as we are, yet without sin. And through Him, because of His finished work on our behalf, when we’ve known the intense scrutiny of our God, we boldly approach the throne of grace. The throne of grace found at the foot of the cross.
That God knows me intimately is intimidating. That I can know what He knows through His Word can, at times, be somewhat demoralizing. But, that I can go to a place where grace abounds and forgiveness is again found through the blood of Christ, that is quite energizing.
O worship Him whose eyelids test the children of man.
Know His grace. Declare His glory.