” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you“
– Psalm 32:8 –
Commentary by Enduring Word
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye: Here David prophetically spoke in God’s voice unto His people. Through this, God promised to instruct, teach, and guide His people.
I will guide you with My eye: The idea is of on who waits upon another so attentively that a mere look at the eye indicates the will. A butler waiting upon his master at dinner can illustrate this; the master need only look at the saltshaker and the butler understands that he wants it. God promised that for those who diligently seek and focus on God, He will also guide.
This is a great blessing that comes from being forgiven and having fellowship restored. In David’s season of guilt and misery he did not (so to speak) look upon God for the guidance of His eye, and therefore could not receive it. When fellowship was restored, the blessing of such close relationship could be enjoyed again.
Many modern translators put the sense as merely God watching over the believer, which is true. Yet since the context in the following lines regards guidance and responsiveness to the Lord, it’s fair to render the lines as the King James and New King James versions do.