My heart and my mind had a hard time believing verse 17. I wrestled with that truth and I struggled to believe it for myself. As I prayed about this struggle throughout the week the Lord walked me through each verse and I journaled His response. Sometimes I have to go back and remember those precious words that He spoke to my heart. Tonight is one of those nights for me; maybe your heart needs to hear them too.
I search your heart, soul, spirit, mind and body and I know everything about you.
I know when you humble yourself and when prides rises up within and I understand when and where and why all of your thoughts exist.
I know where each of your footsteps will lead you and I am beside you when you lie down to rest.
I am keenly aware of all your quirks.
Before you even open your mouth I know what you are going to say.
Sometimes I am glorified in this and sometimes I am not.
But you are mine, all of you, the good and the bad.
And no matter what I will surround you with my love in all that is past and all that is to be in your life.
My hand has always been and forever will be upon you because you are all mine.
You may not understand my relentless affection toward you because I am God and only I can love you perfectly, but receive my love, receive it in faith.
You cannot hide from Me for My Spirit dwells within you.
My presence is constant when you are worshiping Me and even when you are wallowing in your self-pity.
I am present.
Soar with me on My wings of faith, let Me lead.
Take My hand child, I am your Daddy and I provide the safety you seek in the darkness.
I will shine in glory, even here, so you can see My goodness.
I am always good, in light and darkness, I am a good God.
Hold tight and follow.
I know you better than anyone else for I am your Creator.
It was the work of My hands that formed you within the womb.
There is nothing about you that is a mistake.
I make no mistakes!
There is beauty in everything from the moon and stars to the moles and minerals within the soil.
I know all of it for all is My creation and I see all that I have made and it is good.
I have watched you grow from a minute speck into My beauty.
No sin was ever hidden from Me even behind closed doors, and My door is always open to you for I will never hide My face from you.
From the beginning until eternity we will be and have been together.
I know you struggle with believing Me but My thoughts really are precious to you.
How can they not be?
You are mine.
I created you, remember?
I have a thought for every time your heart beats, for every hair on your head.
Try counting that.
And as long as your heart keeps beating I will continue to look upon you as beauty.
When your heart stops you will look upon my face in glory.
My enemies are not your enemies.
Let me deal justly with them in My time in My way.
Flee from blasphemy is what I ask of you for it will numb parts of your heart that must yearn for My glory.
I can handle the name calling and when you take My offenses personally remember the names I have called you:
When you honestly seek My opinions I will reveal Myself to you.
I will speak to your heart and bring peace in times of trouble and cleansing in areas where sin abides.
I will be your guide through this life and into eternity if you would allow.
But you must trust my ways for I am the Everlasting God who leads you into the everlasting.
I often read those words slowly, taking them in one line at a time. Feel free to claim this as your own and print it if that is your desire. His thoughts really are precious toward us and so great is the sum of them!
Photo credit of the butterfly/moth picture goes to my husband as does the song below. It was his first and only song that he has ever written, but it is fittingly on Psalm 139.