“You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told…
As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me;..
my iniquities have overtaken me;..
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!’
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer, O my God!” Psalm 40:5,11-12,16-17
“The Lord has remembered us.” Psalm 115:12a
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it...
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.” Psalm 139:1-6,13,16-18
Knowing that someone is thinking of you with caring affection is a gift that bolsters confidence and caresses the heart, a surprise that smiles, affirms value, and squeezes with love. So to know that God thinks of us, and His thoughts are ever toward and always around us, is a unique, powerful reality for those who believe in Him. We never escape His perfect, infinite, compassionate mind.
Being made aware of the Lord’s thoughts necessarily draws ours to Him. When multiplied toward us catches hold, we stand amazed at the intricate and manifold ways the incomparable God understands, directs, protects, and is acquainted with us. We learn to marvel at His patience, tenderness, and nearness. We are buoyed in Spirit by the vastness of His knowledge and the breadth of His gentle, strong love.
Are we frustrated at the lack of others’ initiative, or their apathy or inattention? God is thinking about us. Are we wrestling with what to do next, too much to do, or how to do it all? The Lord is thinking about and in control of everything. Are we fearful for a diagnosis, a wayward loved one, the aging process, or personal finances? Our God knows us inside and out, and orders even the unseen and future in His thoughts. Do we struggle with loneliness, our identity, or lack of purpose? God holds us in His mind as His beloveds, and is never surprised or confused by our struggles. His thoughts for us are always good, and for our good. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Lord, may Your thoughts be precious to me always, and my thoughts be full of glorious You.