9 For the LORD's portion is His people, Jacob His allotted inheritance.
10 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, 11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them on its pinions.
7 Show the wonder 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 assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
As I understand these verses from the original Hebrew - the phrase "apple of His eye" cannot be translated literally. The understanding is that God holds us so close to His face that we can be seen in the reflection of His own eye. Just ponder that for a day or two. Do you KNOW THAT KIND OF LOVE? The true love of the Father - the God of the Universe - the very personal God made flesh in JESUS!
Choosing JOY in suffering,
[Kneeling in Prayer]