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April 4, 1990

Keep Me and Hide Me

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Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. PSALM 17:8-9
Security is a big deal to most people. We can get by in almost any situation if we don’t feel as if we’re all alone on a rough sea with the wind howling around us and only a thousand feet separating us from the bottom of the ocean floor. When we feel as if we’re all alone in a situation at work or in any other part of life, it leaves us feeling frantic and unsettled.
In this passage, David uses two phrases that indicate his deep need for God to do something in his life. He didn’t need God to search his heart and find his sin. He didn’t need God to make him prosper. He didn’t need God to protect him from his enemies. In this case, he desperately needed God to keep him as the apple of His eye (or as one who is favored or precious) and to hide him in the shadow of His wings (just as a mother bird would protect her babies from attack).
In other words, David was asking God to remain his friend and prevent him from being exposed in such a way that he could be harmed. David goes on to describe what he was facing—wicked people were assailing him and mortal enemies were surrounding him. Pretty rough stuff, to be sure, but David knew he could handle even a hostile situation like that as long as God favored him and was protecting him.
When we get to heaven, nobody will assail us and no wicked people will surround us. Here on earth—and especially at work—we face a starker reality. We will be assailed by people who don’t like us and surrounded by people who don’t want us around. Like David, however, we can persevere, knowing that if we trust in Him, God will keep us as the apple of His eye and hide us in the shadow of His wings.

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