Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,”
Idioms are often expressions we use that as individual words cannot get the meaning across. ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’ is just one. God originated this statement back in Moses’s day when He said;
Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.”
Thought to mean of the eye’s pupil, God set a more deeper meaning. God chose Abram – whose name meant the father of many, and changed it to Abraham – father of a multitude. He chose Jacob, the supplanter or trickster, in the desert, wrestled with Him and at dawn, then finished the match by injuring his hip and giving him a new name: Israel – one who prevails with God.
All throughout the scriptures, you can find God’s love for His people. His preeminence as THEIR God; His protection, His provision, His power, His providence and His purpose for keeping them as the ‘apple of His eye’.
In the passage written by David in Psalm 17, he is calling on God to keep him as the apple of His eye. What presumption you might think; even arrogance. Yet, from creation and throughout the journey that the nation of Israel has taken, they have been reminded just how special they are to Jehovah God.
God has allowed us to experience that special kind of love. Whether it is the love between a husband and a wife; between a parent and their children, a bond of friendship but most importantly and personally; our relationship with the God of Heaven. He chose us before the foundation of the world. He set His love upon us. In John 17, Christ prayed for us. Yes, my dear reader, God thinks you – the “apple of His eye” as well!
Measure out your time and what has the majority. You will find that much of what we spend time doing isn’t necessarily what we would say is the ‘apple’ of our eye. As we mature, we must be on guard against the immediate overpowering and overtaking the important.
“Never sacrifice what is important on the altar of the immediate.”
Today, as you start your week, ask yourself; “Who or what is the ‘apple of my eye’?” Then appropriate the proper amount of time to what you say is important. Trials and tribulations; situations and circumstances will always come up against these in our life. Keeping our hearts with all diligence and knowing the state of our flocks – that which has been given to our care – can help to prioritize that which will be eternal rewards in Heaven.