Protect Me Like your Eyeballs – Psalm 17

The psalmist is imploring God for deliverance from mortal enemies that are ready to pounce on him “like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover” (Psalm 17:4 NIV).

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me. Turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes” (verses 6-7).

Like my baby girl hiding behind my skirt from a perceived threat, the psalmist sees no problem with ducking behind God’s protection.


“Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me” (verses 8-9). As carefully as we protect our eyes, one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies, the writer asks God to protect his life.

“As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face. When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness” (verse 15). In my view this final verse looks like thankfulness and trust. He’s telling God that he knows he’ll be satisfied just seeing God’s likeness when he wakes up.

In that place he knows everything will be okay.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis