March 27, 2016

Keep Me … Hide Me – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:10 pm by sranderson0103

“Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” (Psalm 17:8)

We understand, as did David of old, that we will face threatening challenges in our life. Seldom are men actually trying to kill us, as was the case with David, but we understand and relate to a variety of threats of violence.

God sees all this and protects His children in a special way, even though we live in a world cursed by the consequence of sin (Genesis 3:17). We suffer and die. Nevertheless, God’s providence operating in an unfathomable manner toward an unknown goal, will accomplish exactly what that all-wise purpose intends. Joseph didn’t know that goal as he was drug toward Egypt, but God did, and protected him in a special way till that plan was accomplished.

While being drug along, it is impossible to see clearly what God is doing, but He does, and through His promised providence, will protect, provide and succeed with His plan. These assurances that comfort us, though we may not have a clue where we are being drug.

In midst of the turmoil, David prayed, “Keep me as the apple of the eye…” (Psalm 17:8). “In Old English, the pupil of the eye (the round, dark center) was called the ‘apple‘.” Urban Dictionary. Wikipedia says, “The phrase apple of my eye refers to something or someone that one cherishes above all others.”

Think of how we recoil when something threatens to poke us in the eye. We respond reflexively. David prayed and trusted that God would protect us as we protect our own eye, in the accomplishment of His purposes (whatever that may be).

Later, God assured Zechariah, “He has sent Me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 2:8)

Likewise, David prayed, “Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” (Psalm 17:8)

Consider how often David used the figure of God’s “shadow,” understood as a type of His invisible, but very real, guiding presence.

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” (Psalm 36:7)

“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by.” (Psalms 57:1)

“For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by.” (Psalms 57:1)

“For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.” (Psalms 63:7)

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’” (Psalms 91:1)

Isaiah used the metaphor often in a similar manner.

“There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.” (Isaiah 4:6)

“For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall. Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens; Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.” (Isaiah 25:4-5)

“The exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, nor will his bread be lacking. For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the LORD of hosts is His name). “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand,” (Isaiah 51:14-16)

Such passages remind us of Peter’s assurances.

“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises,…” (II Peter 1:3-4)

Guarded like the apple of His eye, hidden under the shadow of God is a good and safe place to be.

 

 

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