“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.”
Psalm 139:1-4, NLT
George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, described a fictional future where “Big Brother” was an intrusive government system that placed its citizens under continual surveillance to monitor their every action. A recent reality show placed contestants in a house full of hidden cameras to document and display their words and deeds for audience enjoyment. What would you do if you suddenly found out your every word and action was being carefully observed by someone? Well, the Bible teaches someone is watching and that someone is God.
Now you have panicked. You are thinking, “Oh no, God saw that!?” Sure He did. The sobering side to the truth of God’s continual presence is that we should live keenly aware that we are performing before a holy audience of One. But note too, that if you read Psalm 139, David is not issuing a warning, but sharing an encouraging word. You never have to face life alone. God is always present and prepared to strengthen, to support, and to guide. So when you think that God is always watching you; remember, He is not your Big Brother, He is your Heavenly Father.
QUESTION: How should you adjust your behavior today if you knew that you were under constant surveillance? How can you best perform to please the audience of One?