Behold, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, on them that hope in his mercy;…
"Behold!" It is a marked word in Scripture! Isaiah typifying the Christ that was to come, opens the glorious secret thus — "Behold My servant, whom I uphold; Mine Elect, in whom My soul delighteth: I will put My spirit upon Him; He shall bring forth judgment unto the Gentiles." And, when that despicable creature Pilate brought forth the glorious, the insulted, and the suffering Jesus, his word was — "Behold! the man." And so the Holy Ghost adopts this striking, telling word — "Behold[" to captivate the heart with that which follows; giving a faithful description of She church in her chequered state of exercise and trial in all ages.
I. THE CHARACTER SPOKEN OF IN THE TEXT — "them that fear Him." Do you fear God? Another character is, "THEM THAT HOPE IN HIS MERCY." Observe that word — "them that hope in His mercy." That is enough! That is Christianity! But hope set up in a broken heart!
II. Upon all such is "THE EYE OF THE LORD." Is that eye on you?
III. WHY THE EYE OF THE LORD IS UPON THEM — "to deliver their soul from death and to keep," etc.
IV. THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THE TEXT.
(J. J. West, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;