God declares that you are special to Him. "The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be...his treasured possession" (Deuteronomy 7:6). The term "treasured possession" refers to a priceless piece of jewelry that is of exquisite beauty and one in which the owner takes great delight. After a lady was divorced, she told a friend, "What I miss is being special to someone." God knows we have this need, and He repeatedly used the term "treasured possession" to describe His people.
God thinks upon us infinitely. "Were I to count them [your thoughts about me], they would outnumber the grains of sand" (Psalm 139:18). There is a limit to the number of sands but not to the thoughts of God for us. We may at times be unimportant in our own sight, but never in the eyes of the Almighty.
The psalmist prayed, "Keep me as the apple of your eye" (Psalm 17:8). To keep as "the apple of the eye" is an expression describing the tenderest care. The apple of the eye is most carefully preserved. We are so near Him that it is as though our image is always in the great eye of God.
Perhaps the psalmist wrote that because He knew God had used that phrase to describe His care of the Israelites: "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). It was in the place of the most horrible howling of wild beasts that the Lord surrounded His people. The Hebrew word for "guarded" means to surround with love and care, not merely to protect.
Dear Father, if only I could comprehend Your tender care for me, I would never have a worry.
"Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield" (Psalm 5:12).