David faced many challenges over his lifetime, but there was a truth that always brought him comfort: God was always with him! He sang of it in Psalm 139:7-12 “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” In another psalm (17:8), David asked, “keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.” The Hebrew word translated “apple” is literally “little man”. When you look into another’s eyes, you can see your image reflected. Thus David was asking God to keep his eyes on him. As long as we are trying to please the Lord, it is a comfort to know that the Lord watches over us and is never far from us. Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” In 2 Chronicles 16:9 the prophet Hanani delivered this message to Judah’s King Asa, “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” The problem was Asa had turned from God to do his own will and the rest of the verse says: “In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” God’s eye is on his children in order to provide help in the time of need: Psalm 33:18, 19 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in time of famine.” Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we do not need to fear because “You are with me”. Remember the hymn we sing? “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” What a comfort!