TDR: 3 August (Psalm 40:17)

‘May the Lord think of me’ (Psalm 40:17)

When we think of the greatness and glory of Jehovah, human beings appear so worthless and insignificant, that we are ready to ask, “Will the Lord regard us, bless us, and dwell with us?”

Yes – He has promised to do so in His word, and He has informed us that His thoughts are perpetually taken up with us. He thinks upon us, to supply our need, protect from foes, lead us in His ways, and make us ready for His kingdom and glory.

His thoughts are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us an expected end. He thinks upon us by day and by night, when at home or abroad; and He thinks of us with love as His children; with pleasure as His friends; with a purpose to bless us, as His dependant.

We think He may perhaps have mercy, He may do a little for us; but as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are His thoughts above our thoughts; and His ways above our ways. His thoughts are worthy of God.

What are the promises? Only His thoughts put into our language. And what do they prove? Truly that He has thought of all our wants, wishes, and desires, and made full provision for them. Praise the Lord!

Father, I want a thankful heart,
I want to taste how good Thou art;
To plunge me in Thy mercy seat,
And comprehend Thy love to me;
The length, and breadth, and depth, and height,
Of love divinely infinite.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘I did also plead with the Lord to render me useful, and to revive His work. My mind has been dwelling on the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, and this is what I desire to enjoy. That I may receive His influences to render me holy – his gifts to render me useful – his witness to render me happy – and his earnest and sealing to render me safe’.