The King's Daughter—Your Preciousness and Worth
Experiences inspired this article from my journey of discovering the eternal love of God that set me free. This particular piece will discuss how God considers His daughters precious and valuable.
These lessons were written and arranged for a women's conference that our church hosted.
This study centers on the following portion of Scripture.
Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house; So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him. And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favor. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace Her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King’s palace.
— Psalm 45:9-15
One of the most significant challenges of women sometimes is to believe that they are loved. Many of us have spent a good portion of our lives attempting to convince ourselves that we are truly loved through the dramatics of our relationships.
I have concluded on this leg of my journey that true eternal, everlasting love can only realize through a relationship with our Father in Heaven through His Son Jesus Christ.
Some of us have entered into that relationship but have not truly comprehended our positions as King's Daughters and have not truly captured the emotional depth of His love. This understanding is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning this.
. . . that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
— Ephesians 3:17
The King's Daughter Is Precious
This lesson will focus on the following portion of Psalm 45.
"Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women"
— Psalm 45:9
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." Instead, it is the Hebrew word "yakar" and more accurately defines as precious, as in a precious stone. It refers to something valuable, beautiful, 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" 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
The Pictograph Interpretation Beginning With "Yod"
Hebrew, the Language in which the Old Testament was written, is a pictograph language. Each letter is represented by something that will help illustrate and animate the more profound concepts of a particular word. On that note, let's look at the Hebrew word pictograph for the word translated "precious."
"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 loving 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 of 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.’
In the Palm of His Hands
Being in the palm of His hand, supported and upheld by Him, is the safest place we can be. I made a paraphrase of Isaiah 41:10 based upon word studies of 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 the sun coming up on the horizon and can symbolize rising and awakening from an unconscious state. Before our relationship with Him, we were unconscious of 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 is shown in our works, deeds, and actions of love towards Him.
"Qoof" can also symbolize proximity and include the concept of drawing near. It is the first letter in the Hebrew word "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 central theme represented by the center letter of this word. 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 for the Hebrew word for "honorable/precious" in Psalm 45, and it is a picture of a person's head. It is representative of first things or things of priority. It represents 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
We could paraphrase the following verse
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women;
. . . like this
"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."
"O Daughter" is the next phrase in Psalm 45 that we will look at.
"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 it leads to the idea of His drawing very near to us. His proposal is profoundly passionate and responsive. He wishes to capture our attention through an emotional appeal.
God's Daughters Are the Apple of His Eye
I want to take a little more in-depth look at the meaning of the word daughter used this second time in the scripture we are studying.
Compton's Encylopedia 1996 defines "daughter" as the apple of the eye.
- The apple of the eye is the most precious and most securely guarded part of the eye.
- The apple of one's 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 and considered extremely cherished, precious, well guarded, and protected.
In Hebrew, the literal translation of "apple of the eye" is "the daughter of the eye." It can also mean little person in the eye, referring to the reflection you would see of yourself in someone's pupil signifying a close relationship and is indicative of God's proximity to us.
As noted in this article's comments section, Adele Hebert observes that Young's literal translation words Zechariah 2:8 as such.
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)
"I love that. He protects us, daughters, as He would the pupil of His eye"
— Adele Hebert
In her book "Stones of Remembrance," Fuschia Pickett recounted a vision or visitation she had with Jesus. One description she gave of Him was
"His eyes were so penetrating that it seemed as if He looked through me."1
This thought expresses how close He wants to be with us. He wants to be so close that we become the central focus of His vision and at the center of His attention. It is so close that 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"
Protective structures and reflexes also surround the eye. 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 the eyes is that they are the body's most complex organ apart from the brain. We have a God and King who loves and adores us and can 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!
(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