God of Encouragement

I have a page torn off from a small desk calendar that I carry around in my wallet. My wife gave it to me when I was having a low point in my life. The date on the calendar is Friday, July 10th, 1998. For almost the past twelve years, I have carried it with me wherever I go.

The verse on the page is from psalm 139:17-18, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

In psalm 139 the author recognizes that God has made him and that he cannot escape the presence of God—nor would he want to. The verses above actually speak about the psalmist’s contemplations on the thoughts of God—but that is not the way I read it for years.

I read it, “How precious are your thoughts of me O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

Maybe the psalmist is not saying what I want him to say, but I know that it is true regardless. I know that God loves me and thinks thoughts of me beyond what I think of myself.

We all experience low points, grief, depression, feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you are right now?

It is not what others think of us that matters. What truly matters is what God thinks of us. Be encouraged—for you are loved and highly thought of by the one who made you.

I don’t remember the circumstances of my sadness twelve years ago, all I remember is the encouragement I have received.

HOW PRECIOUS ARE GOD’S THOUGHTS OF YOU!

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