Scripture Reading: Job 11:1-14:22 / Matthew 20:1-19 / Psalm 17:6-12
The eye is the most protected member of the body. Our eyes close automatically to protect us from perceived dangers and our eye muscles are the most active muscles in our entire body. Our eyes are protected by eyelids, which blink an average of 4,200,000 times a year. Your eye is not only highly protected and has 200 million working parts, it is also the fastest muscle in your body… so when something happens quickly, we say “in the blink of an eye.”
David asks God to, “Keep me as the apple of your eye;” (Psalm 17:8) The “apple of your eye” is referring to the pupil of the eye. The pupil is the black center of the eye. It allows light in through a lens that focuses the image on the retina. Your eye is the most sensitive part of your body and the pupil is the most sensitive part of the eye. Our eyes are sensitive, valuable and protected by eyelids that have the quickest reflexes in our body at 1/10,000th of a second.
God has placed natural protective measures around the eye like eyelids, eyelashes and even eyebrows, which prevent sweat from dripping into our eyes. God even made the muscles in our eyes 100 times stronger than they need to be. All of this to protect the 107 million light sensitive cells in our eyes. There is not another part of our body that is more precious, tender and guarded than our eye.
David desired God to regard him as precious, treat him tenderly and guard him with great care. His prayer was that God would keep him as something that was valuable and fragile. Even the prophet Zechariah says, “…for he that touches you touches the apple of his eye” (2:8) In other words, when people try to hurt us, it’s like they are poking God in the eye. David wanted to be beautiful, valued and protected by God.
David also asks, “…hide me in the shadow of your wings.” (v.8) A mother bird would shield her young chicks from predators and storms by gathering them under her wings. David desires to be hid in the shadow of God’s wings. A shadow itself will not protect us but this shadow represents a near and ever present God. The power and intervention of God was his shield, comfort and protection.
God cares for us and will be our constant provider and protection. He knows the weakness and frailty of our lives. Just as Christ desired to gather Jerusalem under the protection and provision of His promises, he desires to hide us under His wings of safety and protection. A prayer that God longs to hear and is quick to answer… Keep me and hide me!”