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The King's Daughter part II (Your Preciousness and Worth)
'Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women" Psalm 45:9
In part 1 of this series we learned that God.s original purpose and intent for us as women has not changed since the Garden of Paradise. He still wills for us to be powerful and persuasive under His authority as it was in the beginning.
We also looked a bit at how women at times struggle with insecurities concerning their position, purpose and value. In this Hub we will take a look at God's perspective on these matters and conditions of our heart.
The word translated as "honorable" in Psalm 45:9 is a different Hebrew word than the more commonly used Hebrew word for honor which is kavod. It is instead the Hebrew word yakar and is more accurately defined as precious, as in a precious stone. Something that is valuable, beautiful, and rare, highly esteemed, and reckoned as something costly and of great worth. When the Queen of Sheba came to visit King Solomon she brought with her yakar even or "precious stones"
she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious (yakar) stones (even) ~ I Kings 10:2
The Hebrew word picture for yakar is revealing and confirms this concept
Yod, the first letter of yakar is a picture of a hand and symbolizes work or handiwork. A precious gem's beauty isn't always recognized until it enters the hand of a skilled jeweler who knows just how to clean and cut the gem in the way that will best reflect the light that shines on it and or through it.
You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God. ~ Isaiah 62:3
It can also symbolize control or in possession. I know in our sin ridden culture possession and control can come with negative associations. But in the context of a relationship with the living God of eternity it can mean being held in the hands of the one who loves you the most. It means you belong to Him. You are His and He is yours. It is an entirely voluntary proposition.
I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine....O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah.. ~ Song of Solomon 6:3-4
Another verse that clarifies this idea of being in His hand comes from Isaiah 41:10 and speaks to those places of insecurity in us:
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Being in the palm of His hand supported and upheld by Him is the safest place we can be
I made a paraphrase of this verse based upon word studies both Hebrew and English definitions:
You shall not fear nor shall you gaze about and look around for, inspect or consider nor be consumed.. I am strongly leading you as a strong and loving shepherd. I am your God I make you alert, firm strong, and drawn toward faithfulness yes I will help you, and be your powerful refuge and protection, your ally and rescuer. Yes I will uphold and support you. I promise I’ve got you in my massive mighty, powerful, righteous hand. You are under the shadow of my wings safe within the walls of my covenant.
The second letter of the Hebrew word yakar is Qoof
Qoof can be a picture of a sun coming up on the horizon and can symbolize arising and awakening from an unconscious state. Prior to our relationship with Him we were unconscious to the truth about the depths of His love for us. It is the morning light that awakens us to a new day.
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. ~ Psalm 60:1
Most gems are found in the dark buried in the dirt and dust of the earth hidden from view. It is the light that makes the gem beautiful.
Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! ~ Isaiah 52:2
The above verses indicate that there is something to do on our part. Get up out of the dust arise and shine. The light we reflect back is shown in our works, deeds and actions of love towards Him.
Qoof can also symbolize proximity and include the concept of drawing near, and is an integral letter in the Hebrew word of Holy. Moses was invited to draw near with a clear instruction before he did.
God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses. Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground ~ Exodus 3:4-5
Holiness involves being separated from sin and brought near to God which is the whole central theme and represented by the central letter of this word that our value is totally dependent on our relationship with Him.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ~ James 4:8
Resh is the final letter of revelation to this word and it is a picture of person's head and is representative of first things or things of priority. The highest, chief, and most noble things.
Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored (yakar), And I have loved you; .. ~ Isaiah 43:4
Could we paraphrase this:
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women;
"We are Princesses of our Lord and Father the King of Kings, and we are among those he has counted as precious, valuable, beautiful, highly esteemed, and of great worth to Him. Our potential as Queens, (women of great power and influence) appareled in gold (godly character refined in the fire), is firmly fixed and established by His right hand (power) alone"
"Oh" is a word that expresses emotion. Many times we view God as distant, stoic, uninvolved, uninterested, or unemotional. The "Oh" in this passage indicates His depth of emotion, involvement, and interest towards us and lends to the idea of His drawing very near to us. His proposal is deeply passionate and responsive. He wishes to capture our attention through an emotional appeal.
Before we get to the listening part of this verse which we will cover in Part 3 of this series I would like to take a little deeper look at the meaning of the word daughter as used this second time in the scripture we are studying.
Comptons Encylopedia 1996 defines daughter as the apple of the eye.
- The apple of the eye is most precious and most securely guarded part of the eye.
- The apple of ones eye is a known term of endearment of one most cherished and precious, an idiom of care and love.
To be His daughter is to be the apple of His eye extremely cherished, precious and well guarded and protected.
In Hebrew the literal translation of "apple of the eye" is "the daughter of the eye" and can also mean little person in the eye referring to the reflection you would see of yourself in someones pupil signifiying a close relationship and is indicative of God's proximity to us.
As noted in the comments section of this article, Adele Hebert makes the observation that Young's literal translation actually words Zechariah 2:8 as such.
Zec 2:8 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts: After honour He hath sent me unto the nations who are spoiling you, For he who is coming against you, Is coming against the daughter of His eye. ~ Zechariah 2:8 (YLT)
... and she comments; "I love that. He protects us daughters as He would the pupil of His eye"
Fuschia Pickett in her book "Stones of Remembrance" recounted a vision or visitation she had with Jesus. One of the characteristics she described about Him she quotes was
"His eyes were so penetrating that it seemed as if He looked through me." (1)
This is how close He wants to be with us, so close He can see right through us and in the central focus of His vision at the center of His attention. So close we can see ourselves in His eyes.
"It is no coincidence that our eyes were created to reflect a mirror image of that which we are seeing. When a loving couple gaze into each others eyes, they see themselves. The eyes of the Bride of Christ are like the eyes of the Shulamite (Heb. "completed one") in Song. 7:4 - the Beloved says they are like "pools of Heshbon." Heshbon is Hebrew for "reason" or "reckoning" (it became the modern Hebrew word of "account". When our Groom looks deeply into our eyes, He takes a reckoning, an account - a long "reflection" and sees...Himself. God is always exhorting us His bride to look into the pools (depths of His eyes - His mirror" ~ Glenn Carpenter "Connections"
The eye also is surrounded by protective structures and reflexes. It can't help but react should something or someone come to harm it.
... he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. ~ Zechariah 2:8
Another interesting fact about eyes is they are the most complex organ of the body apart from the brain. We have a God and King who loves and adores us and has the ability to see all the complexities of our nature. We women are very complex or could we say intricately designed creatures. We belong to a God who understands and comprehends it all. He "gets" us!
Part 3 we will look at God's invitation for us to come listen, consider, and incline our ears to what He has to say about and to us in contrast to the worldly condescention we have hearkened to..
(1)"Stones of Remembrance" by Fuchsia Pickett Published by Creation House copyright 1998
The Father's Love
The things that dreams are made of
I dance in little girls delight
Through the eyes of His redeeming love
He took notice of my plight
I twirl in my little girls dress of tulle
And giggle in joyful glee
The Father's love I have always yearned for
Has finally found me
© 2011 Tamarajo