Psalm 40:5, “Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered”
Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee”
I wanted to share with you today another powerful poem written by Annie Johnson Flint regarding the thoughts of God. Of course, there is one truth about our Creator, in that His thoughts will never contradict His revealed and Eternal Word. Psalm 139:2 tells us that God surely “understands my thought afar off” and if we are truly born-again into His Family, 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ”. I trust that this beautiful poem will be a blessing to your heart, mind and soul, as you ponder the thoughts of God! Enjoy.
How wonderful Thy thought, O God!
Though poor and needy I may be,
How high, how deep, how manifold,
Thy never-ceasing thought of me!
Thou thinkest more than I can know;
Thy gifts transcend my fairest dreams;
Beside the greatest of Thy thoughts
How small mine utmost asking seems!
Thou thinkest peace; the winds are lulled
And lash no more the billow’s crest,
And all the tumult of my soul
Is hushed into Thy perfect rest.
Thou thinkest joy, and I rejoice;
Even in grief I must be glad,
For when my lips can sing Thy praise,
My spirit may no more be sad.
Thou thinkest strength; I rise again
Where I had fallen in the fight,
And gird Thine armor on anew,
Strong in the power of Thy might.
Thou thinkest light; the clouds depart;
The starts shine through the deeps of space,
And then the dawn, and then the day,
The sun, and glory of Thy face.
Thou thinkest love; ah! God of love,
That thought in Christ embodied lies;
I see a vision of the cross,
And every selfish impulse dies.
God wants us to know the power of His thoughts, as recorded in the book of Isaiah. In verses 8-11 of chapter 46, this is what God says, “Remember this, and show yourselves men…I am God, and there is no other…Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Calling a bird of prey from the east…Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it”. John MacDuff (1864) penned these words concerning the thoughts of God.
An earthly father writes his son in a distant land, ‘You are never absent from my thoughts.’ Such, too, is the comforting declaration of our Father in Heaven. The humblest and loneliest of His children on earth can say, “I am poor and needy — yet the Lord thinks upon me!” In one sense we are everywhere surrounded with God’s thoughts. The world of nature is a majestic volume of God’s thoughts:
(1) His sublime thoughts — are the everlasting mountains;
(2) His lofty thoughts — the distant stars;
(3) His dreadful thoughts — the lightning and tempest, the earthquake and volcano;
(4) His minute thoughts — of discriminating care the tiny moss and lichen, the tender grass, the lily of the field, and pearly dewdrop;
(5) His loving thoughts — the blue sky, the quiet lake, the sunny glade, the budding blossoms and beauteous flowers;
(6) His joyful thoughts — the singing streams and sparkling waves;
(7) His unchanging thoughts — the rock in mid-ocean, on which the waves are in vain spending their fury.
Lesson of the Psalmist:
God thinks about each and every one of His children far more than they think of Him! At least, that is certainly what the Psalmist is implying in verses 17 and 18, of Psalm 139. The lesson the Psalmist is teaching us in these verses are that, though we may not think of God, He is always thinking of us. Whatever we do, whatever we say, and even whatever we think is laid open before our Father God. Yet, He loves us enough that He sent His only Son to pay the price of those same sins. Let us, then, fall down before our Holy and Righteous Father, asking for help to live our lives, and think our thoughts, in a manner that is pleasing to Him, for the thoughts of God are always upon us!
What is man that You are mindful of him?