“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” Psalm 25:14-15
Portions of Psalm 24 have been incorporated into a scripture song we used to sing quite a bit when I was a kid called, “Unto Thee O Lord”. It was a fun song to sing because it was written to be sung in a call and response, or echo, style of singing.
The subject of the Psalm is a prayer with the psalmist talking to God about his relationship with God and how he trusts in God to teach him and guide him in the ways of the Lord and to bless him and protect him.
For the most part the psalm is pretty straight forward in its meaning but there’s one verse, verse fifteen, that I find intriguing. “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.”
Usually when a person is trying to walk carefully they walk with there eyes focused on the path before them, continually scanning the way, alert for obstacles or traps that might endanger them. But the psalmist doesn’t use this strategy for keeping himself safe on the road of life. Instead he says that his “eyes are ever toward the Lord”.
David’s technique for staying safe reminds me of the time that Peter went out to meet Jesus walking on the water. Peter was able to safely walk on he surface of the sea so long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, but when he began to look at the waves, and the other disciples, his fears took over and he began to sink into the sea.
Successfully, and safely, navigating the way of life that leads to salvation is only possible if we keep our eyes on Jesus.
Jesus himself affirms this truth when he said, in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
It’s only by faith in Jesus that we will ever be able to make it through this life, and that requires that we remember to keep our focus continually upon Jesus. He knows the way, in fact, he is he way, and he is the one that will save us when our faith falters and fails.
Like Peter, we will have times when we take our eyes of our Savior but we will find that even then he’s there to hear our call and to save us from death. Or in the words of David, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.”