How Precious are His thoughts

by Shannon Leibold (reprinted with permission How Precious are His thoughts)

I wake at 4:19 a.m.

The world is dark and sleeping outside my window.

Knowing it’s simply one of those times I won’t be able to fall asleep again, my thoughts turn to Him.

I talk to Him silently while the clock creeps towards morning.

I wonder…

Does the God of the universe – Maker of heaven and earth – listen to the thought-prayers of one tiny person in one tiny house in one tiny town on one tiny planet in the midst of one of millions of known galaxies in the middle of the night?

“You understand my thoughts from afar… Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all” Psalm 139:1c,4 (NASB).

Then the wonder of it all nearly overwhelms me. He IS listening.

My thoughts are silenced in awe.

He reminds me then of where it says in Scripture that His Spirit within me knows the thoughts of God.

“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 (NIV).

The wonder that He knows my thoughts is almost more than I can fathom!

But that I can know His? Unbelievable!

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” Psalm 139:6 (NIV).

The clock reads 4:47 a.m. and I wonder what exactly His thoughts are towards me.

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me” Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT).

I lay there in awe of the truth of the Word and how it teaches me even through the night.

“I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me” Psalm 16:7 (NLT).

Well before the alarm sounds I get up, anxious to see these words in print as I meet with Him. Anxious to ask Him what His thoughts are towards me.