8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.
The phrase apple of your eye is better rendered as ‘the pupil of your eye’. Referring to something precious, easily injured or demanding protection. In this case, David wanted to be kept by God as he faced opposition, persecution and became fragile. This phrase is also used in Deuteronomy 32:10 where God protected Israel in the wilderness.
The psalmist also uses another powerful figure of speech (see v. 8b) as a plea for God to protect him. This idea is of how a mother bird shields her young chicks from predators, from the elements, and dangers by gathering them under her wings.
When taken together, these two phrases are powerful pictures of God’s care for His people. And may this be an encouragement to you, regardless of where you find yourself, remember you are valuable to God and He will protect you. Call upon the name of the Lord, and you will be saved.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in your current situation
Invite the Holy Spirit to still you, fill you, and restore you. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.