I’ve learned that when I neglect the Lord in my thoughts for any period of time I start to center my thoughts on myself. Being self-centered is not a good place for me to be. These thoughts are subtle and if not attended to will bring me down and I will lose my peace and joy and make an opening for depression. When I forget to notice the little things that work out for me during the day, when I forget to acknowledge God in all my ways, maybe even begin to feel that I’ve done something of importance on my own, then I begin thinking God isn’t in everything I do. If I neglect God and become self-centered then I begin to think God is neglecting me. My faith in God suffers and I become even more self-centered. If you are ever in this type of situation here arre some scriptures that will help set your feet on the right path.
Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
These two scriptures are speaking of mankind in general and yet they speak to each one of us in particular because they are so personal. God created man to have someone to love and has provided for our eternal life. We though, have a choice as to where to spend eternity. As the scriptures above say, God’s mind is full of his creation and our hearts are before him always. God doesn’t have any other creation, he didn’t give his Son for any other reason than us.
David had (and still does) a wonderful understanding of the mind of God. He was able to express his thoughts of God with words I don’t seem to have. See how much we are on the mind of God with these scriptures from David.
Psalms 139:1-14, 17-18
To the chief Musician, A of David.
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins; thou hast covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
How prescious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.
The followng is a scripture we are all familiar with but maybe haven’t seen how much God is involved in our lives, things he does for us that we don’t work for , nor could we.
A Pslam of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Note that it is God that MAKES us to lie down in green pastures, it is God that LEADS us beside the still waters and it is God that RESTORES our soul. He is doing these things for us.
Jesus said he was with us always, even unto the end of the world. Why does God do all this? Because God is love and we are the object of that love. We have no reason to lift ourselves up in our own eyes and feel we don’t need God, for without him we are nothing.
David knew this personal walk with his God and expressed these great and precious promises from his creator. These words from God through David give us hope and confidence in a wicked world. For if God be for us who can be against us. These scriptures and many more give us peace and joy that others don’t understand.
With all these great and prescious promises from our Creator, how can I ever neglect such a great salvation?