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One simply does not mess with the “Apple of Daddy’s Eye”!  That is what the enemy and the world seemed to have forgotten in David’s day, and still forgets this day!  David was God’s beloved King.  Saul had been Israel’s first King–but God used the people’s criteria–“We want a King like everyone else!” Saul was a king like every other. Selfish, Godless and corrupt.

 

Conversely, David was a man after God’s own heart–He was truly the apple of God’s eye.  From Goliath forward, David wanted nothing more than to please God, and be his man for Israel. Because of that, God protected, prepared and provided for him–until David was the king of a mighty and united Israel.  He was chased by the finest of every adversary; including Saul and Absalom–his own son. Still, He was a beloved, prosperous king to the end of his days.

 
God calls us to trust and follow him. As we do, like David, we become the apple of God’s eye.  He will do for us exactly what he did for the mighty King of Israel–protect, prepare and provide for us.  So, as we go into the week of Thanksgiving, we need to determine whether we want to be the King like everyone else (Saul) or the Apple of our Heavenly Father’s eye (David).  Just call me “Honey Crisp!!!”
 
God Bless You

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.
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.

10 They close up their callous hearts,
    and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
    with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
    like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
    with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,