Evening, April 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!” — Psalm 139:17
Divine omniscience offers no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with assurance. God is always thinking about us, never turns aside his mind from us, has us always before his eyes; and this is precisely as we would have it, for it would be dreadful to exist for a moment beyond the observation of our heavenly Father. His thoughts are always tender, loving, wise, prudent, far-reaching, and they bring to us countless benefits: therefore, it is a special delight to remember them. The Lord always did think upon his people: he safeguarded their election and the covenant of grace by which their salvation is secured. He will always think upon them: he enables their perseverance by which they shall finally be brought safely to their final rest. In all our wanderings the watchful glance of the Eternal Watcher is evermore fixed upon us—we never roam beyond the Shepherd’s eye. In our sorrows he observes us constantly, and not a pain escapes him; in our work he marks all our weariness, and writes in his book all the struggles of his faithful ones. These thoughts of the Lord encompass us in all our paths and penetrate the innermost parts of our being. Not a nerve or tissue, valve or vessel, of our bodily composition is uncared for; all the little things of our little world are thought upon by the great God.
Dear reader, is this precious to you? Then hold to it. Never be led astray by those philosophic fools who preach an impersonal God, and talk of self-existent, self-governing matter. The Lord lives and thinks upon us; this is a truth far too precious for us to be lightly robbed of it. The notice of a dignitary is valued so highly that he who has it counts his fortune made; but what is it to be thought of by the King of kings! If the Lord thinks upon us, all is well, and we may rejoice evermore.