The Eye of a Dove
Wade E Taylor
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which
thou shalt go; I WILL GUIDE thee WITH MINE EYE. Be ye not
as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding;
whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they
come near unto thee" Psalm 32:8-9.
The Lord greatly desires a people who have a "single
eye" towards Him, and who are sensitive and obedient
to His will and purpose for them. It is His intention to bring
these up into a special place that He has prepared for them.
The Lord pays a very special compliment to His bride in
the first chapter of the Song Of Solomon. He sees in her a
quality that attracts His attention and which He intensely
desires to cultivate and develop within her. "Behold,
you are fair, my love! Behold you are fair! You have dove's
eyes" Song of Solomon1:15 NKJ.
A dove is often referred to as a "love bird" because
it does not have "side vision". A dove fixes its
gaze upon one object and then sees nothing else. It is not
distracted by activities around it. A horse is different,
it has side vision. It must have a bit and side blinders put
on it, to keep it from TURNING ASIDE, because of what it sees.
The quality that so moved and attracted the Lord to her
was her "single eye". She had cried out, "Tell
me, O thou whom my soul lovest, where thou feedest, where
thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: For why should I be
AS ONE THAT TURNETH ASIDE by the flocks of thy companions?"
Song of Solomon 1:7.
This intense desire that she expresses here is singularly
towards her Lord. Now, she has a "single vision".
She can no longer be satisfied with a knowledge of things
about the Lord, she desires the Lord Himself. The ministries,
abilities or personalities of His servants can no longer satisfy
her. Now, she must know the Lord Himself.
An intense reduction of all her ambitions, dreams and desires
has brought her to this place. Now, her vision is single and
the Lord is ready to lead her on. His next word to her is,
"Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away" Song
of Solomon 2:10.
Psalm 27 was written by David about his experience with
the Lord, as he hid in the back of a dark cave, while Saul's
armies were outside seeking to kill him. In the darkness of
his present circumstances, his dreams about sitting on the
throne of an earthly kingdom, with all of its grandeur, faded
in the light of the eternal Kingdom that he now saw.
In this seemingly hopeless situation, David realized that
only that which is of God is of any value. All else vanished
in the darkness of the cave, even the hope that he had received
from the prophecy given to him by Samuel, that he would sit
on the throne of Israel. Now, he sees only the Lord. He has
been reduced to a single vision, he has the eye of a dove.
Only then could he say, "The Lord is my light and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of
my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...ONE THING have I desired
of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the
house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty
of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple" Psalm 27:1,4.
Now, the values in his life were in Divine order, and the
Lord could lead him on to the throne of Israel.
Jesus said, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and
His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you" Matt 6:33. The Lord is seeking those who are willing
to be reduced to this singleness of vision. To these, He will
then be able to say, "Behold, you are fair, you have
Then, He will lead these up into a further experience of
union with Him in bringing forth and establishing His purpose
and Kingdom in the earth in our day.