Why? According to the song, NOT because, “the big guy upstairs is really mean and he’s gonna get you if you step out of line.” Rather, as the song goes, because “your father up above is looking down in love.” Wow, in love! What great motivation to think twice about our words, actions, movies, songs, choices of all kinds.
The idea is borne out in the Bible. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chron. 16:9)
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
~Frederick M. Lehman (1917)