4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
What a picture this verse is! I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before, but I think that’s the beauty of God’s Word. We can read something 100s of times and then on the 101st find a Word that inspires us, others or simply draws us closer to God.
Certainly this comes out of our “world,” the situations in which we find ourselves, but sometimes not.
Psalm 11 begins by saying the LORD is a refuge, a phrase that always jumps out to me in tough times. God totally is! And even in the midst of depression, I’ve so often recognized that. I simply know I’m just sad. When I close my eyes and show my eyelids as I think or lie down, I tear up (which happens more now than ever in my life before – I can cry at the drop of a hat). My eyelids have been both comforting and cursing. I love singing with my eyes closed, in fact. It allows me not to get distracted by things, people or whatever. It can be at church, when I play guitar at home or even listening to music. But I also plague myself with thoughts when my I show my eyelids as my mind become my enemy that Psalmist so often sing about in Scripture.
But what about God’s eyelids? We don’t know what God looks like other than the fact that we are made in the image of Him (and that He has wings – at least I read a lot about the comfort of His wings – and I just like that idea). This verse in the Psalms is awesome because it actually says that God can see through His eyelids! “His eyes see; His eyelids test the children of man.” The difference between us and God is that He can see through His eyelids. And when we see His eyelids, those times when we think He can’t see us, it’s a test. There’s that famous proverb of sorts that says something like who you really are is who you are when no one’s looking (or at least you think no one is looking). In part you get the truth that God always see you – even when you think He doesn’t; when you think His eyes are closed! But those times when you feel abandoned, it also is not Truth. God always sees. He sees situations, he sees the past and future & most importantly He sees hearts. And that is what’s most important.
No matter what you think, feel, sense or see, God knows and sees . . . even if His eyes are closed!