Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Apple of His Eye

I feel so alone.
My spirit is broken.
It crushed my heart.
I’m depressed and devastated.
I feel empty inside.
Now I’m flawed.
My skies are always gray.
I’m not good enough.
I’m heartbroken.
I’m lonely.
I’m messed up and miserable.
I have so much regret.
I’m stressed.
I’m ugly.

There you have it—an incomplete “a to z” of negative feelings, and all of us, if we’re honest, have entertained those thoughts and probably more. Oh how those feelings discourage and degrade a person! There is nothing redeemable in those phrases......but GOD! Only a God of grace and mercy can lift a person up and out of such a destructive path. 

King David felt these negative feelings at different times in his life and he wrote them down in song. We have them in the book of Psalms. As we read his words, we can make them our words while pouring our hearts out to the Lord. If you’re experiencing any defeatist attitude, pray or sing the following psalm to God while waiting faithfully and expectantly for His answer.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.

Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired;
My ears You have opened;
Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 
I delight to do Your will, O my God;
Your Law is within my heart.”

I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I will not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You know.
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

You, O Lord, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me. 
For evils beyond number have surrounded me;
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see;
They are more numerous than the hairs of my head,
And my heart has failed me.

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
Make haste, O Lord, to help me.
Let those be ashamed and humiliated together
Who seek my life to destroy it;
Let those be turned back and dishonored
Who delight in my hurt.
Let those be appalled because of their shame
Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
Since I am afflicted and needy,
Let the Lord be mindful of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.
Psalm 40 (NASB)

Praise God! Those unworthy negative thoughts and feelings that sometimes captivate our minds can be released by our Redeemer Jesus Christ. He came to save us (John 3:16-17) from our sins and He can lift us out of the nasty murky mire that periodically tries to surround and invade us. 

Psalm 40 tells us in verses five and eleven of the many wonders of God and His numerous thoughts toward us. Because He is compassionate, His love and truth will guard and defend us. Those negative statements are not truth; they are lies from Satan himself. If you have believed on the name of Jesus, you have been redeemed and set free. God sees your beauty and considers you as the “apple of His eye.” He says so—hear with your heart:

This is what the Lord of Armies says: Afterwards, the Glory sent me to the nations who looted you. Whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye. Zechariah 2:8 (GW)
In a desert land he found him,
    in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
    he guarded him as the apple of his eye.
Deuteronomy 32:10 (NIV)

Do you have any idea what it means to be the “apple of His eye?” At one time the pupil in an eye was known as the apple because of its spherical shape, and because the pupil is crucial to the eye, it is symbolic of something held in high esteem. To be the “apple of His eye” means you are cherished, treasured, and adored by your heavenly Father.* You are loved!

The Lord your God is with you.
    He is a hero who saves you.
        He happily rejoices over you,
            renews you with his love,
                and celebrates over you with shouts of joy.
Zephaniah 3:17 (GW)

Throw away the negative thoughts and stay tuned for next week’s “You Are Beautiful.” In the meantime, rejoice with psalms, songs, and spiritual songs. reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good. Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts. Ephesians 5:19 (GW)
Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Colossians 3:16 (GW)

Here are links to two songs of praise:

“All Things New” by Brett Younker

“Beautiful” by MercyMe

*James Rogers, The Dictionary of Cliches (New York: Random, 1985) 8.

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