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.
-Psalm 17:8-9 (CEB, ESV)
Are you the apple of God's eye? Are you very important to God and very well protected by God? If you look into God's eyes, can you see a reflection of yourself? When you are in trouble are you looking deeply into God's eyes and seeing evidence that He sees you?
Do you know the song, "I saw the Lord", by Dallas Holm? For me, the key phrase in the song is, "and He saw me" . Seeing the Lord is wonderful, but did the Lord see you? Seeing the Lord is revelatory. But knowing that He sees me is healing.
David learned and knew that a personal relationship was available with God and kept asking for it. He didn't just pray for God's protection, but made his prayer specific and intimate.
David had a revelation that we are each God's child and that God watches over each of us as we would watch over our own beloved child. God is intimately aquainted with each one of us. God is not just completely knowledgeable, but all loving towards those engaged with him. I wrote about covenant love previously.
The apple of one's eye describes something that is precious, valuable, and delicate; that must be protected. Our eyes are a very important part of our bodies. They are both exposed and protected. They are in our skull and protected by lids, brows, and lashes.
David asks God to protect him intimately. He is saying, "protect me as your most valued and keep your eye always on me". David is exposed to danger and David knows that if God is watching very closely, God is protecting. David asks for God to be close as he heads into danger. Whatever the danger is, he asks for God to be close and protect him in it. David says, "watch me so closely that my reflection is in your eye".
Are you the apple of God's eye? If you are in Christ, you have been adopted by God and are his child (1 John 3:1). Being watched over intimately is available to you. God may be watching over you as the apple of his eye and you don't even know it. What kind of a different life will we live if we get it that we are each the apple of God's eye? How will you love when you know you are loved. What if each challenge you face is seen through the truth that you are the apple of God's eye?