Who is the “apple of your eye”? Who do you love more than anyone else in the whole world? Who would you die for rather than see hurt? That’s the love God has for us.
In Psalm 18 David’s prayer is one of confidence: confidence that he is in the right, confidence in God’s faithful love, confidence in God’s salvation and deliverance. He begins, “Hear a just cause, O Lord,” (vs 1 NKJV) and “Let my vindication come from Your presence.” (vs 2 NKJV) He knew he had done nothing to deserve whatever was happening to him at that point in his life. “You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.” (vs 3 NKJV) Can you say the same? If God were to test our hearts would we be honestly able to say He found nothing? David was not saying he was without sin, but is saying that in this instance, he had done nothing to deserve the persecution he was receiving.
Verses 6-8 show David’s utmost trust in God’s faithful love. “I have called on You, for You will hear me, O God.” (vs 6 NKJV) “Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand.” (vs 7 NKJV) I love verse 8: “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.” What an amazing image of God’s love for David and for us. We are the apple of His eye; He died so that we might have life. And just as the mother bird protects her babies from the wind and storm with her body and from the prying eyes of predators with her wings, so God spreads His protection over us.
In verse 15, David is assured of God’s ultimate salvation: “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness.” (NKJV) This reminds me of Job’s great affirmation in Job 19:25-27: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I, myself will see Him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me.” (NIV) We will see Him, stand before His throne, fall down in worship before Him, cast our crowns at His feet.
Oh that I might have the same confidence in my life. I can know that God loves me. I can know that God protects me. I can know God’s salvation. I can know God! Amazing!