“Keep me as the apple of Your eye.”
Psalm 17:8a NKJV
David, in praying to the Lord, asked to be kept as the apple of His eye. What do those words mean?
According to the Hebrew definition, keep means to hedge about as with thorns, guard, to protect, attend to, observe, or give heed.
Apple used here actually comes from two other words. The first one means the little man of the eye, or the tiny reflection of one’s self in someone else’s eyes. As they watch you, focusing their attention on you.
The second word means a daughter, (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively as Strong’s Concordance says), as a personification, also descendants, towns, and villages. “Basically, this noun represents one’s immediate physical male or female offspring.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)
David was asking God to guard and protect him as that tiny person, as a descendant, reflected in His eyes by keeping His focus on David.
When I go to a wedding, I love to focus on the groom’s face. Just to see his expression change from one of nervous disaster to one of pure delight as he watches his beautiful bride glide down the aisle. A glint appears in his eyes. He never takes them off his beloved. And if you were to look very closely into his eyes, you would see that the glint is her reflection.
If you could look closely into the eyes of your Beloved Lord, you would see that glint of yourself, your reflection. Because He focuses on you. His object of great devotion. Guarding you. Protecting you, as with a crown of thorns.
David wrote, “Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.” (Ps. 33:18 Amp)
And the Lord desires that He be that glint, that focus, that reflection in our eyes. The author of Hebrews tells us that “We must keep our eyes on Jesus.” (Heb. 12:2 CEV) The Amplified says, “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus.”
Vine’s says looking means “to look away from one thing so as to see another,” to consider attentively.
It means to fix your gaze on your Beloved.
When you were a kid, or even as an adult, did you play the game of stare, where you stared at an object for one minute and then looked away? What did you see?
Your eyes projected the focused image onto the second object as a reflection.
That’s what God the Father wants us to do with Jesus, to look so intently at Him that everything else that comes into view has the reflection of Jesus on it. Therefore, as Paul told the Corinthians, “We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18 CEB)
We focus on Jesus, the Unseen. With a single eye focus. As Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22 KJV)
So, are you looking away from distractions? What’s in your eye?