God's thoughts towards us

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. Ps. 40:5

God is God and we are not. He is transcendent, exalted above the heavens, eternal, unchangeable, infinite. There is no one like God, who stretches the heavens like a curtain and who tells the ocean's proud waves, "So far may you come, and no further."

You and I, on the other hand, are insignificant, tiny little creatures crawling around on a tiny little planet orbiting a medium-sized star in a run-of-the-mill galaxy, one of billions. And so we might well ask with the psalmist, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" (Ps. 8:4).

And yet...this God is mindful of us. Not a thought here and there, but thoughts which "cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee . . . more than can be numbered." Dear fellow believer, you may be ostracized and slandered and misunderstood or even forgotten by your friends and family. But the fact of the matter is that God has not forgotten you; his thoughts are toward you even now.

And these are not thoughts that never materialize into action, for many are his wonderful works which he has done toward us as well. The psalmist begins with such an instance when he writes, "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord" (1-3). Have we not experienced this over and over again?

This is exemplified best in the fact that God's elect have none other than God's own Son and Spirit interceding for them (Rom. 8:26-27, 34). The Father will not turn his ear from his Son and Spirit. But the reality is that even before we pray, the Father knows what things we have need of before we ask (Mt. 6:32). And he acts on our behalf, raises us up out of horrible pits, because he loves us and shepherds us with a never-ending, covenant-keeping love.

Indeed, "Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies" (Ps. 40:4).

By: Jeremiah Bass