Thinking About Me?
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
When a good friend says, “I’ve been thinking of you,” we realize how much that person cares for us. When God says it, we’re amazed we’re that important to Him. David tells us that God doesn’t have just a passing thought about us from time to time-His thoughts of us are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore! He’s always thinking about us.
“Yeah,” we might respond, “but what’s He thinking?” Earlier in this psalm, David describes the awesome greatness of God and His complete knowledge of everything all the time. God knows literally every thought we have, which means He sees us at our best, and He sees us at our worst. Yet David says that God’s thoughts are “precious” to him. How can that be? When we trust God with boldness and courage, God celebrates with us, and when we are selfish , God’s grace and forgiveness shine through. His celebration of and grace for what we’re thinking are precious thoughts by the One who knows everything- absolutely everything- about us.
How much do you think about God? He thinks about you all day every day, and His purposes for you are really good!
Too often we attempt to work for to the limit of our competency, rather than to the limit of God’s omnipotency.
What a comfort to know that God is always thinking about us and His thoughts about us “precious.” In other words, God’s thoughts about us are good thoughts. I think that no one including our own selves realize our potential better than God. Quite often we fall far short of what we could be or do because we haven’t the confidence or the support from others. Many are there who live beneath their potential because they believe they have reached it already. Sometimes family or friends will label us and we frequently accept their assessment as truth. But when God thinks about us, He sees our true potential.
I’m sure that when the spies who were sent into Jericho by Joshua saw Rahab, they just saw a prostitute, but God saw the ancestor of Jesus. When Samuel looked at David, he saw a simple shepherd boy, but God saw a king. The religious community saw twelve misfits, Jesus saw the founders of the church. And no matter how you have been labeled by society, you won’t ever possibly know your potential until God reveals it to you. You see God looks beyond the surface, beyond our current status or place and He sees exactly what He designed for us to be, just as we appear in His thoughts.
Each day as God thinks about us, He has wonderful plans in store for us that are beyond our wildest dreams. And the thoughts of God take into consideration every thing about us. When we succeed in becoming what He imagined us to be, He celebrates with us. When we miss the mark and want to throw up our hands in despair, He encourages us to try again with His help. He’s a fantastic tutor. When we find ourselves heading the wrong way, He stops us and turns us around and gently pushes us forward to the destiny He has designed. When we’re stubborn, He patiently repeats the lessons over and over again until we yield and learn what He wishes us to know and be.
It’s good to know that others keep us in their thoughts. How blessed it is to hear some dear friend tell us so especially in times of distress or difficulties. Just to know that we aren’t alone in our struggles provides a measure of hope and comfort. But when we learn that we are never out of the thoughts of God, how blessed it is to know that even in our darkest moments, we are never hid from His view. He sees us on the mountains and in the valleys.
Someone said that often it is the case of “out of sight, out of mind.” But we are never out of sight of God and certainly never out of His mind. Let us treasure the thought that our God, our Savior never forgets about us. You may feel left out by humans or cast aside by those you thought were friends, or abandoned or neglected by family, written off as unimportant by society in general, but you are in the thoughts of God and His thoughts toward you are good. God believes in you. The only question to be answered is whether You believe in God. God is thinking about you. Will you take some time and think about Him? Perhaps what you need is a meeting of the minds, yours and His.
Dr. John Thompson