Friday, February 17, 2012

The Apple of His Eye...

Friday began for me last night (a rather Hebraic way of beginning days) when I braided my shower-wet hair before bed.

I woke up (looking like this - yikes!) to hazy golden sunlight pouring in my window.

I read this morning's Psalm (seventeen) and was rather delighted with the final verse: "As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness."

This comes after David cries out for God's comfort and protection from his enemies. He laments that the wicked seem to prosper and he begs for God to discontinue their success. The vile are blessed with children and riches, but David says he will be satisfied to behold God's face, to have God's presence turned toward him.

The final verse correlates with the previous idea from verses 7-9: "Show Thy marvellous kindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them which put their trust in Thee from those that rise up against them.

Keep me as the apple of Thy eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about."

David asks God to keep him as the apple of His eye. An intriguing request, because the Hebrew phrase means 'little man of the eye', or the reflection one sees of themselves in the pupil of another's eye. David is asking that God would see Himself in David.

We want to be loved for who we are, but we also want to be made more like Christ. It is a strange paradox that in becoming more like Christ Himself, we become more fully human, able to be most fully our 'selves' that God made us. God looks at us and sees a tiny reflection of Himself in us.

When God shines the light of His countenance upon us, it is like Moses seeing the trail of God's glory on Mount Sinai. Just seeing the remnants of God's glory made the face of Moses radiant. No man can look upon God's face and live, yet God can shine the light of His countenance (meaning both the glory of His face, and His good favour) upon us. When He does, our faces are radiant with the light of His joy, hope, and glory.

No wonder David is satisfied at the end with God's 'likeness'. It is not the same word or idea as God's face or countenance, but it is the idea of seeing God's image, or a reminder of His presence.

Does your face shine with the glory of God? Does your very visage illuminate those around you because you have been in the presence of God? Are you the apple of God's eye?

~ Johanna


  1. 0_0;


    Aha! I've got it! When Doc. Nobel said girls were ugly first thing in the morning, I guess he must have just grabbed the wrong pair of glasses that day... (And probably the ones belonging to Mr. Magoo, at that...

    That's a really cool connotation about the idea of the "apple of the eye", thanks for sharing it! =)

    (Aside, I've often found it somewhat strange that so many contemporary Christian songs say they 'want to see God's face'... I do too of course--ultimately--however to do so in mortal form 'twould be a seeming death sentence...)

    1. Haha, you are funny, Andrew. ;)

      Yeah, there is a Third Day song called 'Show Me our Glory' and one of the lines says I want to see Your face'. I always think, are you *sure* you want to see God's face? 'Cause it's going to kill you...

      I think the real problem is that we don't understand God's awe-some Holiness. Look what seeing the Lord 'high and lifted up' did to Isaiah - it nearly killed him! We should be careful what we wish for (which, of course, doesn't stop me from asking God to see as much of His glory as I can handle).

      ~ J