How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
How vast the sum of them.
Psalm 139:17 NIV
Our God is Sovereign. He has to be, to be God. We do not want a God that knows only as much as we do. We want a God who knows more than we do, sees more than we can and therefore directs not only our lives but the entire universe. He calls out every star by name each night (Psalm 147:4). That alone puts me in awe of Him.
If God knows every star – an inanimate object – by name, then He surely knows me. He knows my name. He knows my form, my suffering, my life, my family, my heart. He knows what makes me tick, what ticks me off (ok, so I am truly a work in progress) and He knows how to lead, comfort and disciple me.
It deeply satisfies me to know that my God has thoughts towards me. As Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for me (Romans 8:34), then that means Jesus is talking about me and God the Father is listening to the prayers of His Son. What JOY. My name is on their lips. My ways are ever before them. I am not abandoned, forgotten or pushed into a corner. I am remembered, prayed for and loved.
The enemy wants me to think and feel insignificant. God wants me to know I am loved and matter.
“And I will make you My signet ring, for I have chosen you,”
declares the LORD Almighty. Haggai 2:23 NIV
Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of
all nations you will be My treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 NIV
(Jesus prayed), “Father, I want those You have given Me
to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have
given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24 NIV
Yes, indeed, God’s thoughts are vast and they are eternal. We are God’s signet ring. Every single time He looks at His hand He sees that ring – us. We are constantly on His mind.
When I first heard a teaching about signet rings, I was overwhelmed with this concept. In fact, I wanted to help my family to understand this too, so I bought us signet rings to wear so we would be reminded that WE are God’s signet ring. My ring is a big light pink flower – I am talking five petals, and sparkly. When I put that on, instantly I feel loved. And it is a conversation piece with little girls, especially when I share that we are God’s signet ring, the smile that spreads across their faces is priceless.
Knowing we are God’s treasured possession is what I believe the world is longing to know. The world dishes out insignificance. God calls us His. What is a treasure? Unique. Of value to the treasure keeper. Sought after. Unburied and revealed for its true worth. Kept. Thought about. Polished and looked at. Put in a safe, but brought out to showcase.
My girls, my sister and nieces, and I went to the Tower of London to visit the Crown Jewels about 2 years ago. I had never seen such splendor before in real life. Haggai 2:23 was in my mind as I looked at the crowns, rings, necklaces, scepters and more. Priceless. And heavily guarded. On display, but with complete protection. May we learn this today. We are here on display for the world, so to speak. Not something gaudy, but brilliant and of value. We are protected because we have Christ’s blood over us thereby declaring us righteous in His sight. Our brilliance shines for Him. And Him alone. When God looks at us, He sees jewels. Blues, pinks, emerald greens. Priceless jewels. Is it hard to hear this? It was for me at first. But the truth is, He sees us and loves us. We are precious in His sight.
Another truth which is undeniable is that Jesus wants me. He wants me where He is. The Bible tells us that God so loved the world that He sent His Son to die for us (John 3:16). Jesus prayed in His prayer right before going to the Cross that He wants us – that’s WHY He went to the Cross. We are wanted. Let that sink in. Instead of the proverbial choosing of sides for a neighborhood pickup game of ball where I was the last one chosen, God picks me first. He picks you first. We are not left alone waiting and wondering and hoping not to be left behind. He actually seeks us out.
Remembering that we are those precious crown jewels helps to solidify the truth that who I am and what I am going through has not escaped His noticed. He is Sovereign and He knows my plight. He knows my suffering. He knows my heart. He welcomes me with open arms to the throne room where He and Jesus are talking about me. I can listen in on that conversation.
Frankly, that is exactly where I want to be. In the throne room – because I want to be where He is. I need His comforting touch and His nearness. I need to feel His heartbeat as I rest my head upon His chest. I am welcomed there, I am His treasured possession, I am His thoughts. I am loved.
O God, how incredibly thankful I am that Your thoughts are beyond me, yet are about me at the same time. You are an amazing God. Your love for me is overwhelming. Your love for the world is beyond measure. This alone is worthy of all my praise and worship. In the precious name of Your Son, Jesus. AMEN