“Watching You”

"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Prov. 15.3)

     INTRO.: A song which reminds us that the eyes of the Lord who loves and cares for us are in every place is "Watching You" (#564 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written and the tune was composed both by John Melvin Henson, who was born on Aug. 23, 1887, at Curryville, GA, and began teaching in singing schools in 1909. With Homer F. Morris, he founded the Morris-Henson Company. During his lifetime, he produced over 200 gospel songs, including "Anywhere Is Home," perhaps his best known, along with "I’ll Live In Glory," and "Happy Am I," that have appeared in some of our books. "Watching You" was copyrighted in 1915. The copyright was later owned by R. E. Winsett and eventually became the property of Ellis J. Crum.

     Henson died in 1972. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song appeared in the the 1943 Standard Gospel Songs edited by Tillit S. Teddlie; the 1944 Gospel Songs and Hymns and the 1952 Hymns of Praise and Devotion both edited by Will W. Slater; the 1959 Majestic Hymnal No. 2 and the 1978 Hymns of Praise both edited by Reuel Lemmons; and the 1963 Abiding Hymns edited by Robert C. Welch. Today it may be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church edited by Alton H. Howard and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand, in addition to Sacred Selections and the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

     The song helps us to remember that God is always watching over us.

I. Stanza 1 says that the Eye is watching us on our journey
"All along on the road to the soul’s true abode,
There’s an Eye watching you;
Every step that you take this great Eye is a awake,
There’s an Eye watching you."
 A. Christians are on the road, running the race set before us: Heb. 12.1-2
 B. This road is designed to lead to the soul’s true abode, which is heaven: 1 Pet. 1.3-4
 C. As we journey, God is always awake to help us because He neither slumbers nor sleeps: Ps. 121.1-8

II. Stanza 2 says that the Eye is watching us in our choices
"As you make life’s great flight, keep the pathway of right,
There’s an Eye watching you;
God will warn not to go in the path of the foe,
There’s an Eye watching you."
 A. There are two pathways from which to choose, and God wants us to keep on the strait and narrow pathway of life that leads to everlasting life: Matt. 7.14
 B. Thus, He warns us not to choose the wide and broad path that leads to everlasting destruction: Matt. 7.13
 C. The reason is that the wide and broad path is the way of our foe, who is the devil: 1 Pet. 5.8-9

III. Stanza 3 says that the Eye is watching us on the pathway home
"Fix your mind on the goal, that sweet home of the soul,
There’s an Eye watching you;
Never turn from the way to the kingdom of day,
There’s an Eye watching you."
 A. We must fix our minds on the goal that God has set before us: Phil. 3.14
 B. That goal is the sweet home of the soul where God has promised us eternal life: 1 Jn. 2.25
 C. Therefore, we must not allow anything to cause us to stumble and keep us from an entrance onto the everlasting kingdom of our Lord: 2 Pet. 1.10-11

     CONCL.: The chorus re-emphasizes that God is watching us in our daily lives:
"Watching you, watching you, Every day mind the course you pursue;
Watching you, watching you, There’s an all-seeing Eye watching you."
There are some who have objected to this song because they say it portrays God as being like "Big Brother" of George Orwell’s novel 1984, or to cite an example from something more recently popular, like the giant eye of Sauron in J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings.  Of course, all Bible believers understand that God is not like those things. However, the Bible does teach that God is all knowing and all seeing because He is omnipresent (Ps. 139.1-12). Therefore, if you are not right with God it should provide motivation for you to start obeying His will, or if you are a faithful child of God it should give you great comfort to know that God is "Watching You."


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    • Perhaps some other reader can help this person, but as I have said before, the purpose of this weblog is simply to post studies of hymns. It is not a music store or a clearing house of some kind for sheet music. I am simply unable to provide such things or even to suggest where to find them.


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