Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends.
Well done for surviving 4 weeks at level 4, 5 more days to level 3 and that long awaited flat white.
During this lock down we all have had reason to pray more, but have you ever wondered why God would want to listen to your prayers, as opposed to the prayers of someone else. Well King David in Psalm 17 had no doubt that God not only wanted to listen to his prayers, but also wanted to show him the great wonder of his love and shelter him in the shadow of his wings. Why did he have this confidence - because he knew that he was the “apple of God’s eye”.
Let me read verses 6 -9 from Psalm 17 to show you:
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.
Now I know some of you are probably thinking, well of course God would listen to David’s prayers because he had a special relationship with God. Don’t the Scripture’s talk about David having a heart after God and being a friend of God? But I’m no David. I am just ordinary Jonathan, or Mary or Joe or Lisa. Nobody special in God’s eyes.
Well I’m here to tell you today that’s simply not true, God sees you as much as the apple of his eye as he did King David. How do I know this? Because everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord is united to the true apple of God’s eye – His Son. And we know that Jesus was the apple of God’s eye because at Jesus’ baptism God proclaimed for the world to hear, “this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” And again at Jesus’s transfiguration he said the same thing, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him”.
However, there is a twist. Instead of protecting Jesus, instead of sheltering the “apple of his eye” under his wing, it actually pleased him to crush his own son for us.
Like David before him, Jesus pleaded with God as he beheld the cup appointed for him. He knew the terror and horror of that cup of divine wrath. Jesus pleaded his case before the Father like David does in Psalm 17, but it wasn’t “deliver me from my enemies because of your faithful covenant-keeping love, but deliver me over to my enemies and fulfill your covenant-keeping love.” Redeem those that I love from their bondage to sin and death through my sacrifice so that they too can be the “apple of your eye”.
Because of the true Son of David, we have become the apple of God’s eye. We have become his children adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ. He has his eye on you. He protects you and he loves to hear your prayers.
Father God it seems unbelievable that we are the “apple of your eye”, but its true. Lord open the eyes of our hearts to the knowledge that in and through Christ you cherish and protect us under your wings more than we can ever know. May that knowledge driver us in a deeper relationship with you and give us a deep longing to pray. In Jesus name.