Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 5, 2016

“Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 17.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my judgment come forth from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look with equity.
3 You have tried my heart;
You have visited me by night;
You have tested me and You find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
4 As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips
I have kept from the paths of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to Your paths.
My feet have not slipped.

6 I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
7 Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of the eye;
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
9 From the wicked who despoil me,
My deadly enemies who surround me.

15 As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness;
I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.”  Psalm 17:1-9 and 15.


“Keep me as the apple of the eye;
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings”  Verse 8.

We find similar images as “apple of the eye” and “wings” in Deuteronomy 32:9-14.

“9 “For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 “The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.”  Deuteronomy 32:9-14.

From this Deuteronomy Scripture, we learn that the reason why God protects us and otherwise blesses us is that God chose us.  We are “His people,” His “portion”, and “His inheritance”.  Deuteronomy 32:9.

There was nothing attractive about us as taught by “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, that motivated God to save us.  In the language of this Deuteronomy Scripture, we were lost in “a desert land”.  We were helpless in the “howling waste of a wilderness”.  Deuteronomy 32:9.

But, God “encircled” us.  God “cared” for us.  God “guarded” us “as the pupil of His eye”.  “Like an eagle”, God “spread His wings” over us and “caught” us and “carried” us.  Deuteronomy 32:10-12.

In addition to protecting us, God “wondrously” shows us His lovingkindness.  Verse 7 and Deuteronomy 32:13-14.

And, God will bring us home to heaven where we shall behold His face in righteousness, holy and blameless, and we shall be with Him and be like Him.  Verse 15.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-32.


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