by Bible League International
Verse of the Day and Devotion
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. – Psalm 139:17 NLT
Our Father in heaven is omniscient. He knows everything. It follows, as a result, that He knows everything about me. He knows everything about me because He keeps track of everything. That’s why the psalmist says, “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:8) The wicked don’t like this because the wicked are always making futile attempts to escape from the presence of the Lord. (Psalm 139:7) The last thing they want is someone, least of all the Lord, to see what they do, to see the wicked things they do.
I, on the other hand, like the Lord to keep track of me. Indeed, it would be alarming to me if I ever suspected that the Lord had failed in this regard. After all, His thoughts about me are always for my benefit. I am His masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus, so that I can do the good things he planned for me long ago. (Ephesians 3:10) Even when I do wrong His thoughts about me are for my benefit, for He takes the steps necessary to make sure that I get back on track doing the good things He planned for me. (Hebrews 12:5-13)
Moreover, the Lord keeps watch over me as I come and go not only in the here and now, but also forever. (Psalm 121:8) His thoughts about me, in other words, will lead me to the place I need to be in the next life. Even in the eons to come on the new heavens and earth, I will never escape from the thoughts of my Good Shepherd.
Can you see how precious His thoughts really are? Can you see that what’s precious for me is just as precious for you? Just as there will never be a time when the Lord is not thinking about me, so there will never be a time when He’s not thinking about you.