The Ultimate "Warm Fuzzy"
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you” —Psalm 139:17, 18, NIV.
Psalm 139 is one of those psalms that we can wrap ourselves in just as we would wrap ourselves in a warm, fuzzy blanket. For the believer the thought that God knows everything there is to know about us, that there is no place where we can go where He isn’t present, that He not only knew us before we were born, but formed us and has counted out our days, is beyond just comfort.
Though I have improved in this area over the years, I still don’t talk to many people about my innermost thoughts and feelings. But God knows them all.
As a single, and something of an aberration in society because of the work I do, I am often alone. But God is always wherever I am.
There was a time when I didn’t like my “look” and there are still times when I am not happy with the way I am. But God made me and is more than willing to help me preserve the way He intended me to be. He likes His handiwork.
The psalm also reminds me that God knows my habits, the words that come out of my mouth before I speak them, and that His hand is on me, around me, over me, underneath me, all the time.
He thinks about me all the time. As many grains of sand as there are, His thoughts about me outnumber them, just as they outnumber those grains when He thinks about you.
There is a note of caution in these verses, a reminder to guard my thoughts, words and actions, not because I can keep them from God but because what I think, say and do reflects Him and I take Him with me wherever I go. But as a whole, the words of this psalm were meant to be something to wrap ourselves in, to comfort us, to encourage us, to give us that infinite sense of security, to feel His love and care, to know His embrace, as we walk through the days of our lives.
It’s easy to forget and I am pulled toward the last phrase of today’s verses: “When I awake, I am still with you.” Perhaps one of the “secrets” to remembering Him in the morning as I begin my day is how I ended my day the night before. If I fill my mind with Him before I switch off the light, will I wake in the morning filled with thoughts of Him?
He thinks so often of me, how can I not think more often of Him?