Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked, and open to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that teaches man knowledge, shall he not know? Acts 15:18. Heb. 4:13. Ps. 94: 9, 10.
The Lord looked from heaven, he beheld all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation, he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men. He knows the secrets of the heart. For the Lord searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. Ps. 33:13,14; Ps. 11: 4; Ps. 44:21. 1 Chro. 28:9
The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. Prov. 15:3. Job 34: 21, 22.
O Lord, You have searched me, and known me. You know my down sitting, and my rising up. You understand my thought from afar. You compass my path, and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, You know it altogether, You have beset me behind, and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hides not from You, but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to You. Psa. 139:1-12. C. M.
In all my vast concerns with You,
In vain my soul would try to shun your presence, Lord, or flee The notice of your eye.
Your all-surrounding sight surveys my rising and my rest,
my public walks, my private ways, And secrets of my breast.
O You who are in every place beholding the evil and the good, the knowledge of your omniscience is too wonderful for us fully to comprehend. But grant us such a conception of it as will awaken a devout awe; consecrate every place where we kneel, and raise an impassable barrier against all approaches of sin. Though our sinful acts and thoughts may be unknown to men, may we remember they are open to the eye of him with whom we have to do.Though we hide ourselves among the crowds of men, or in the wilderness, or wear disguises of hypocrisy, your eye is upon us and you see all our goings. There is no darkness or shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. May we walk before you in a just apprehension of your omniscience, as children before their parents, as servants before their masters, in all the periods and circumstances of life. May we stand in awe of the certainty it gives, the retribution menaced against sin and rejoice in the assurance it affords of protection to the weakest virtue. Deeds of charity and devotion unrecognized by men, you do acknowledge as a sacrifice of sweet smelling savor. And Your favoring eye is on the most obscure of Your children and will guide him through devious paths of life to a city of habitation, to the general assembly and church of the first born whose names are written in heaven; to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect; and to Christ the Mediator, in whose name help us ever to pray.
Book: The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship and for Other Private and Public Occasions
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Ivison & Phinney 1855