I’m Watching You

Published on Monday, 01 May 2017 19:00
Written by Stewardship Today Staff

He won Academy Awards for playing Jake LaMotta and the young Vito Corleone. Arguably, he’s better known for portraying Travis Bickle and Jimmy Conway. For another generation of moviegoers, however, Robert De Niro may be just as well known for a now ubiquitous gesture he popularized as Jack Tiberius Byrnes, a retired CIA agent and Ben Stiller’s father-in-law in a series of recent comedies. “I’m watching you,” he said, indicating his own eyes before pointing two fingers accusingly at Stiller’s character. “I’m watching you.” It’s a humiliating reproach. How different the Almighty’s promise, “The eye of the Lord is upon you.”

“The Lord’s word is upright,” the Psalmist wrote, “all his works are trustworthy. He loves justice and right. The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord.” Attendant to those who call upon him in prayer, he is the loving Creator of all things. “By the Lord’s word the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathered the waters of the sea as a mound; he sets the deep into storage vaults. Let all who dwell in the world show him reverence. For he spoke and it came to be, commanded and it stood in place. From heaven the Lord looks down and observes the children of Adam. From his dwelling place he surveys all who dwell on earth. The One who fashioned together their hearts is the One who knows all their works.”

And that One is watching. He is listening for our call, and he is watching us. Not an accusation, the Almighty offers comfort. We recognize God is sovereign and offer prayers—desiring peace, guidance and hope. Echoing the basic needs so common to the faithful of centuries ago, we read Psalm 33: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive through famine. Our soul waits for the Lord, he is our help and shield. In him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust.” God is watching, ever vigilant, always listening. “May your mercy, Lord, be upon us; as we put our hope in you.”