13th January 2012

The Apple Of God’s Eye

“Keep me as the apple of your eye”
Psalm 17:8 NIV UK

“Nice shades” said the man in front of me to a sun-tanned passer-by.

He was referring to the latter’s designer sunglasses, which made my prescription ones look well out of fashion. It was one of those hot, blinding summer days that made your eyes wince in the sun’s rays. You needed to protect your eyes from the piercing brightness.

God’s desire is to protect us just as we seek to shield our eyes from the dangerous effects of the sun. David prayed “keep me as the apple of your eye”. The apple is a reference in Hebrew to the pupil. In the searing heat and dazzling sunlight of the Middle East it was vital to protect this delicate part of the eye. David’s request was that God would continue to regard him as precious to him as the pupil of the eye is to the body; that God would protect him from the harsh extremes of life.

In idiomatic English, when we say that someone is the apple of our eye, it means that he or she is the centre of our affection. This also reflects how God views us. God loves us, is proud of us in Christ, and we are the centre of his affection.

Let God keep you as the apple of his eye.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you protect me and keep me, and also thank you for your great affection towards me.
In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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