Monday, December 27

What's in Your Eye?

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye.”
Psalm 17:8a NKJV

David, in praying to the Lord, asked to be kept as the apple of His eye. What do those words mean?

According to the Hebrew definition, keep means to hedge about as with thorns, guard, to protect, attend to, observe, or give heed.

Apple means the little man of the eye, or the tiny reflection of one’s self in someone else’s eyes. As they watch you, focusing their attention on you.

Actually, apple is two words. The second word means a daughter, used in the same sense of relationship, as a personification, also descendants, towns, and villages.

David was asking God to guard and protect him as that tiny personification or reflection in His eyes by keeping His focus on David.

When I go to a wedding, I love to focus on the groom’s face. Just to see the expression on his face change from one of nervous disaster to one of pure delight as he watches his beautiful bride glide down the aisle. A glint appears in his eyes. He never takes them off his beloved. And if you were to look very closely into his eyes, you would see that the glint is her reflection.

If you could look closely into the eyes of your Beloved Lord, you would see that glint of yourself, your reflection.
Because He focuses on you. His object of great devotion. Guarding you. Protecting you, as with a crown of thorns.

David wrote, “Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.” (Ps. 33:18 Amp)

And He desires that He be that glint, that reflection, in our eyes. The author of Hebrews tells us that “We must keep our eyes on Jesus.” (Contemporary English Version) The NIV says we need to be “fixing our eyes on Jesus.” While the Amplified says, “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus.”

Vine’s says looking means “to look away from one thing so as to see another,” to consider attentively.

It means to fix your gaze on your Beloved.

When you were a kid, or even as an adult, did you stare at an object for one minute and then look away? What did you see?

Your eyes projected the focused image onto the second object as a reflection.

That’s what God the Father wants us to do with Jesus,
to look so intently at Him that everything else that comes into view has the reflection of Jesus on it. Therefore, as Paul told the Corinthians, “We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18 Common English Bible)

We focus on Jesus, the Unseen.
A single eye focus. As Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22 KJV)

So, what interferes with your focus? What parades before your eyes, giving you double vision and darkening your view? What distracts you from having that divine Little Man reflection in your eyes? Keeping your eyes focused to maintain that holy reflection is essential.

How do we do that?

* Make time to pray
* Study God’s Word
* Put the Word into practice by obedience
* Live in love with others
* Practice peace and patience
* Have a positive outlook and attitude
* Don’t let your eyes view things that you know will throw a blanket of darkness over the light of the Lord.

So, what do others see reflected in your eyes?

~~This post is part of the One Word Blog Carnival on the topic Reflection. Hop on over to Peter Pollock's site to see the other submissions.~~

13 Responses
  1. Lynn

    This is so true. I enjoyed reading this. That is one of the things that has been a blessing in my life and kept me going for Him. As I teach the Adult Sunday School class, that is one thing that I try and encourage others to do. Sometimes it seems as though it's falling on deaf ears, but then the Holy Spirit says, "You do the teaching, and I'll do the changing." Isn't God good. Thank you for your encouragement.


  2. Lynn,

    Such a beautiful post and picture of how much we are loved by our Heavenly Father! We are indeed the glimmer in His Eye! Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder - Our Lord Jesus! We are glorious in His sight - children of the Most High! Thanks for reminding us of our worth in His Eyes...

  3. Your list? It reads like a Top 10 tip-sheet for How to Live a Life.


    Thank you for your ministry of words in this place.

    - Jennifer Dukes Lee

  4. David Rupert Says:

    When I cast my eyes to heaven , I'm not desperate to get out of this earthly plane. Or maybe I am. I just need to look, to gaze, to see another reality

  5. Cherie Hill Says:

    Lynn, this was a VERY powerful post for me today. I will hope in His mercy and lovingkindness . . . I will keep my eyes upon Him at all times. Thank you for encouraging me so much today sister!!! Blessings!

  6. Yes, LORD, that You would be stayed in my focus and be a reflection in my eyes. AMEN!

  7. lynnmosher Says:

    Louis, thank you so much for YOUR encouraging comment! May the New Year be filled with blessings for you!

  8. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks so much, Deborah, for your touching comment. I'm blessed by it. Blessings to you!

  9. lynnmosher Says:

    Jennifer, I am so honored to have you visit. Thank you so much for your comment. Makes my heart happy! New Year's blessings to you!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    David, it is always a pleasure and honor to have you visit and comment. Thank you so much. It means a lot. Abundant blessings to you!

  11. lynnmosher Says:

    Cherie, your words bless my heart. I always pray that the Lord will use my words to bless special hearts. I'm so glad you were one! New Year's blessings to you!

  12. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, dear Kimberly! Such a special follower. Thank you, my sweet friend. You always bless me! Abundant blessings to you for the New Year!

  13. Amazing isn't it that the reflection of who or what you are looking at is in the eye? May you be reflected in the eye of Jesus as you gaze deep into His eyes and see yourself there. Great list at the end of your post! Love, Hazel