How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
(Psalm 139:17, NASB1995)
In yesterday’s Interruption #1074, I discussed “end-times fear” – a type of anxiety and distress released by our supernatural enemies into the world in the latter days.
This fear will be rooted in economic uncertainty, plagues, wars, and the collapse of everything in which we place worldly security. End-times fear will descend like a dark blanket upon many, forcing them to look for hope in the wrong place . . .
But we have Psalm 139 to get us through.
This Psalm reveals God’s omnipresence (God is always with us), His omniscience (He knows the future; nothing surprises Him), and His omnipotence (God controls everything).
Now let’s reread verse 17 again and add verse 18 . . .
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (v. 17)
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You (v. 18).
The God of the universe, Who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, constantly thinks of you . . . more thoughts than the grains of sand. That would be unlimited thoughts about you!!!
These thoughts are precious. God isn’t in heaven considering when to throw a lightning bolt in your direction because of your major stumbling last week. His thoughts are precious!
Have we felt alone — that nobody cares for us and that people ridicule us? Not so with our Father in heaven – His thoughts about us are precious.
Let’s consider omniscience – that God knows everything.
. . . are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all (vv. 3-4).
Let’s understand omnipresence – God is always with us.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (v. 7)
If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me (vv. 9-10).
Let’s consider omnipotence – all power belongs to God.
Even the darkness is not dark to You [God], and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You (v. 12).
Jesus says that in the end-times, “People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world” (Luke 21:26, NRSV).
Let’s proclaim darkness and fear of the last days to be gone in the name of Jesus. God is with us always. He knows our future, and His plans for us are good.
The last two verses of Psalm 139 form a prayer that I memorized 30 years ago . . . I pray it often.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way (vv. 23-24).
Amen – peace out!