How weighty [precious] to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you (Psalm 139:17-18 NRSV).
Peace be with you, blessed Saints. Another thought came to mind as I dwelt on the words that Holy Spirit inspired as I wrote the sermon for tomorrow. Toward the end when writing about what resurrected people believe, I say, “They trust that what God believes about them is more important than what they believe about God.” Light bulb moment! Psalm 139.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! Meditate on these words Saints, and think of their implication. How beautiful, how sweet, and how comforting is the truth that whatever exists and comes into our lives as Christians, existed first as a thought in God’s mind! Every achievement, every success, every sadness, every sickness, every turn in life we have and have yet to pass through: all were thoughts in God’s mind before they were allowed to play out in our lives.
God’s thoughts toward us who have become his children; adopted through faith in Christ, our Redeemer, are always thoughts of love, mercy, grace, tenderness, and kindness. As we remember his thoughts toward us and reckon with how they have been expressed in our lives, we join with David in exclaiming: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Everything that we are now and everything that is prepared for our enjoyment in the heavenly mansions of our benevolent Father is the result of his gracious, loving will for us. Our finite human reasoning isn’t able to comprehend the mystery that lies behind this thought, but every good and every blessing that has shaped our lives, existed first in the heart and mind of our Creator.
How rich and precious these blessings have been, are, and always will be. How constant, how undeserved, and how well suited to our every need. As we contemplate the magnitude of the unnumbered blessings which flow from Father’s overabundance of love, may we join our voices to the unending chorus of the uncountable multitudes, the angels, the elders, and the four living creatures: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Saturday 18th April 2020.
Pastor Greg Bensted
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