So God, What Are You Thinking?

Hovering over Psalm 139 this morning. Perhaps one of the most introspective songs of David, yet one of the most outwardly focused.

There’s a sense of hush and awe as David considers the all-knowing, ever-present nature of Jehovah. A sense of wonder that such a big God is aware of such small people. Not just aware as in a faint knowledge or passing interest. But intimately aware. Aware, as in every day that David lived had been scripted by the hand of God before they came to be (v.16). Aware, as in created by God. His entire being intricately designed and knit together. His physical, emotional, and spiritual essence all formed by the hand of God (vv. 13-15). Aware, as in aware in the moment. God present at all times, in all places, through all circumstances (vv. 1-12).

And most often when I read Psalm 139, I find myself camping on the end of the song. Chewing on David’s desire to be known. Asking God to search him, know his heart, and to be acquainted with his thoughts.

But this morning it’s another set of thoughts that has grabbed my attention.

How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
   I awake, and I am still with You. (Psalm 139:17-18 ESV)

So God, what are You thinking?

I read this Psalm and it’s clear that God has thought about me. A lot! But how often do I quiet myself and consider deeply that the Almighty, even now, is thinking about me. As vast as the sum of all the Divine consideration that has gone into me living this life at this time in this place, what of the continuing flowing sand that constitutes God’s considerations of me as “I awake, and I am still with You”?

So God, what are You thinking?

Are You frustrated as last night’s confession of failure (once again!) echoes in Your ear? Are You sitting back with Your arms crossed, Your chin dipped, and Your brow furled waiting to see how I navigate this day and deal with the trouble that is “sufficient” for it (Matt. 6:34b)? Or, are You simply too busy to pay much attention to me at all as You deal with other matters concerning this seemingly out-of-control world, not to mention doing what needs to be done to hold the universe together?

Or Father, are You, by Your Spirit, settling in for another day where You will draw alongside, fulfilling Your promise never to leave me nor forsake me?  Thinking again that if You are for me, who can be against me (Rom. 8:31)?

Are You again looking upon me and considering Your Son? Loving me with the same love You had for Him since “before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24)? Taking delight still that I have been clothed in the righteousness of Your Anointed and that, because of Christ’s finished work on the cross, far from being on some sort of “wait and see” probation, I am seen afresh as a child of God and a joint heir with Christ.  And as such, as I awake and know again Your presence, You too are filled with thoughts concerning me. Plans for wholeness and not for evil. Thoughts intended to bring peace and hope, not worry and despair (Jer. 29:11).

So God, what are You thinking?

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

(Psalm 139:6 ESV)

How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!

All because of grace. All for Your glory.

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1 Response to So God, What Are You Thinking?

  1. A. Elve says:

    Thanks for another great devotional.

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