The Apple of YHWH's Eye

By Lee Jones

.:Psalm 17:.

The wicked are not known for their pity and mercy. When dealing with the wicked, you get what you get; you’re completely at the mercy of your wicked Kafter or a pressure. In this psalm, David cries out to God appealing to his innocence. We will see why David can do that and how we can pray that too.


First, let’s look at the plight of the wicked. In verse 14, David pins them down and as lovers of the present age, “their portion is in this life.” They pick good but temporal things to fill themselves and give themselves satisfaction: earthly treasures, even from God’s hand, and their own children. They’re obsessed with passing on riches to their children. These are purely creaturely pursuits, and utterly dishonoring to God. 


We can pray this prayer of David because our Savior Jesus Christ is the apple of His Father’s eye, who lives perfectly divine truthfulness in our behalf, and He laid down his life for our justification.


David is praying to be delivered from these oppresses, who consider anything higher than earthly pursuits as foolish. They are hard materialist David is praying to be delivered from these oppressions, consider anything higher than earthly pursuits as foolish. They are hard materialists. Rather than there, David makes plain where his satisfaction is: verse 15 “as for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.”

David’s eternal perspective is on display here. He knows that God loves him and that God made a covenant with David’s fathers. He is so confident in YHWH that he seeks His judgment, knowing firmly that YHWH will not judge him with weighted scales as the world does. 

David begins his petition for God to deliver him I confessing that he doesn’t speak with deceitful lips. David was a man after gods own heart and he knows God has already tested his own heart. 

As I’ve said in previous blogs, we do well to see Jesus in the Psalms, as only He can truly be called the righteous man. So we can hear Jesus in these words David wrote, “you have tested me and you find nothing” (vs. 4), “my steps have held fast to Your paths. My feet have not slipped,” (vs. 5), “keep me as the apple of Your eye” (Vs. 8). 

We can pray this prayer of David because our Savior Jesus Christ is the apple of His Father’s eye, who lives perfectly divine truthfulness in our behalf, and He laid down his life for our justification.

Thus, the words of verses six and seven are true in Christ for us. We are His covenant children so we know He will hear and answer when we call out to Him, and He wonderfully shows His lovingkindness to us. We can trust Him as our refuge because, in Christ, we are near at His right hand, with which He delivers blessings to us.

David says in verse 10 that the wicked have unfeeling hearts, but he knows his Heavenly Father has every affection for him. Even as wicked people try to hem him in and knock him to the ground, YHWH will deliver him.

To circle back to an earlier point about David‘s eternal perspective, the final verse is another example of David’s eternal hope. In the flesh, David will never be able to behold God’s likeness and live to tell about it. Just as Jesus and Paul both make references to dead people as being asleep, David too knows that when he awakes in his glorified body, he will see his faith become sight, as is promised to all the redeemed children of God. 

Every instance of persecution and pain will melt away in the light of YHWH’s glory and grace. That will be David’s, and our, final satisfaction. And no wicked man can steal that away. 

Glory to God alone. 



Lee Jones