Two weeks ago, I blogged from Psalms 17: 6-7, about what it meant to have God’s ear inclined to us. This week, before we close out Psalms of Summer next week, lets look the another portion of questions that rose up from Psalms 17. Verses 8-9 say:
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.
According to the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, apple of your eye means to hold something dear. That seems fitting considering the way God feels about us. The Hebrew root of the word “apple” means “the little man of the eye”. (Okay…that’s not helpful), but it also means “pupil or ball”. As I sat on that & gave more thought to the actual pupil in our eyes, here’s what I came up with:
We don’t go anywhere without it (hopefully) & it is closely guarded, & always near to us.
That’s how I would like to think of God feeling about me, because in all honesty that is how we should feel about Him. But think about it from David’s perspective! At the time he wrote the Psalms he was in hiding so he would not be murdered by King Saul. So he was praying that the Lord would hold him dear, keep him close, don’t let him get away, don’t let anything get too close.
What do you do when something flies toward your face?
You duck or swat. You try to protect your face…especially your eyes. We realize how valuable our eyes are & we closely guard them when they feel threatened. David, hiding, felt threatened. His life was in danger at the hands of Saul, but he knew who he was to God as we see in 18:16-19:
He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for
they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
David knew where he stood with God. He knew that he was special to Him. He asks the Lord to continue to keep him close & love him & protect him. I would love to be reminded that I am not just a child of God, but the apple of his eye – that I am as close to Him as my eye is to me. That seems like a good place to be. Don’t you think?