3/13/08 Devotional – Psalm 17 “Keep me as the apple of Your eye”

Posted: March 13, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Psalms
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Psa 17:1-15  A Prayer of David. Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!  (2)  From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!  (3)  You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.  (4)  With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.  (5)  My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.  (6)  I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.  (7)  Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.  (8)  Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,  (9)  from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.  (10)  They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.  (11)  They have now surrounded our steps; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.  (12)  He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.  (13)  Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,  (14)  from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.  (15)  As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

David’s prayer is full of passion and holy ambition. I just prayed it myself and am renewed in my passion for holiness. One phrase that really sticks out is, “Keep me as the apple of your eye”. This is really a prayer for God to keep his eyes on us like a farmer would keep an eye over his crops. I want God to take care of me so that I might continue to grow and be nourished. I want to bear fruit in my life and apart from Jesus, I can do nothing. Jesus said:

Joh 15:1-5  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  (2)  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  (3)  Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.  (4)  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  (5)  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Jesus promises to work in our lives if we abide in Him. It is impossible for fruit to grow from a branch that has been removed from the vine. David’s prayer in this psalm is basically a vow to follow God and in return, he wants God to keep His eyes on him. So also make it your prayer to abide in Jesus today. He has already promised to take notice of you and work in your life if you stay rooted in Him.

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