How much do you value God’s thoughts and His expression of them as He speaks into your lives?
In Psalms 139:17 David declared, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Do you share his value and enthusiasm for God’s thoughts on your life, for what He has to say to you?
For the psalmist, the preciousness of God’s thoughts stemmed from the very fact that God is Omniscient, all knowing – not only of things in general but every detail about him, from start to finish. It is not as if there were gaps or uncertainties in God’s knowledge of him.
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.
God knows every detail of not only your past but your future too – down to the very end of your life. We do not have anywhere near the level of insight God has on our lives – to the utmost detail. We can only know when He chooses to share it with us as and when He sees fit. This is why His thoughts are precious without measure – because they proceed from a place of perfect knowledge of us not only now but also right down to the last moment of our lives.
David understood that God’s thoughts emanated from a place of absolute, not random or patchy, knowledge of his life; from the omniscient (all knowing) God Himself. To put it differently, for David, the life application or relevance of verse 16 is in verse 17. God’s thoughts take on a whole new meaning and significance as there is nothing unknown to God about his life from beginning to end.
Does it not then friends, make sense to value God’s thoughts and heed His voice and instruction to us, whatever it may be He is saying? It is a no brainer.
His word and His voice are expressions of His thoughts.
Do His thoughts carry weight with you or are they light and insignificant in your eyes? Do they carry sufficient weight to cause you to actively seek and obediently respond to them? Do you value His thoughts enough to seek His involvement in your life decisions and actions? Does what the Lord says truly carry weight with you or you conveniently neglect and disregard it?
At your own peril of course.
When the Lord speaks to His people – be it corporately or individually – He does so not only from a place of knowledge but from a good heart, a father’s heart, with the purpose of benefiting and prospering us, for our welfare and wellbeing, not with intent to harm or disadvantage us.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
Folks, God’s instruction in our lives is for our profit. His leading in our lives is so to guide us in the right way. Let His thoughts be so precious to you that you, somehow note them down, etch them further into your brain and memory, record them for posterity – for your remembrance and reflection.
It is in our own interest and benefit to heed and respond to God’s voice to us!
It is because of these same reasons (that God is all knowing and He instructs us for our profit and leads us in the right way/the way we should go) that we ought to also actively commit our ways to Him, involve Him in the decisions of our lives – where we go, what we did do and who we associate with. It takes knowing God to trust in Him and trust Him with your entire life – not only your spiritual life – to value and seek His thoughts, to commit your life and ways to Him. Hence the absolute need to work on your knowledge of God, in getting to know Him for yourself personally. This is directly corroborated by scripture, which states that everything we require for life and godliness is made available or accessed through our knowledge of God.
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
The level of access we enjoy to all the things God has already granted us that pertain to life and godliness is directly proportional to our personal knowledge of God. In other words, how much we get out of the fullness of life God intended for us and has already granted us, is dependent on our personal knowledge of Him.
Pursue His knowledge.
Invest in His knowledge.
Connect with His revelation of Himself.
Dig into God’s word to discover Him for yourself.
Scripture is not so much a book of instructions as it is of God’s self revelation.