Wednesday, March 1, 2017

how precious are His thoughts

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The other day I was reading Psalm 139, which I feel like Jesus basically breathed into the Bible for those days when I feel insecure, inadequate, less than. If you're not familiar with the Psalm, it's all about how God knows us, created us, sees us even when we're hiding. It's all about our relationship with God and how intimately He understands every fiber of our being.

Now I've read Psalm 139 about a million times, 
but it struck me recently just how much of this Psalm revolves around thinking:

"You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar."

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts."

And then the killer, the verse that really cut to the depths of my heart:

"How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!"

This can also be translated, "How precious concerning me are your thoughts, O God!" 

I never understood so clearly what I understood in that moment: 
God's thoughts concerning us all are positive, precious thoughts.

If you're like me, you may grapple with negative thoughts more than you care to admit. 
But God's thoughts towards His people are precious?! 

Psalm 139 is like the epitome of Biblical self-love and healthy, positive thinking: 
It reassures us that we are seen by God, and shows us that the way we think about ourselves is not the way God does.

"Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, 
I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life." 
~ Isaiah 43:4

Y'all, I'm tired of my negative thinking. It's exhausting. And I'm sick to death of trying to constantly chase a boy or a body type that was never meant for me. After all: I am me! And you are you. And, my friends, when we truly grasp all that it means to be known by God and to dwell on how He thinks of us....that is precious. 

~ erin


  1. Wow! I enjoyed and appreciated this so much, Erin. Those verses just feel like a hug from God. I'm going to go and read that psalm now. Thanks. xx

  2. Love this <3 thanks for sharing :)


  3. This is SO SO SO something I need every day. This is gold, shining, heavy, beautiful truth. <3 This is awesome, Erin

  4. Erin, we share the same deep love for Psalm 139. It's one of the best chapters of the Bible ever (aside from Romans 8). And you are SO RIGHT. Who are we to think that our thoughts concerning ourselves are higher than God's?