By John MacDuff, 1864
“How precious are Your thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand! When I awake, I am still with You!” — Psalm 139:17-18
The thoughts of a great man on earth — how valued! With what feelings then, shall we ponder the thoughts of God! We treasure the thoughts of the wise and the good for their own sake — but how is their value enhanced when they are personal, and have a special reference to ourselves? These “Thoughts of God,” are thoughts toward us. “I know the thoughts that I think towards you.” “Your thoughts which are to us.” “How precious also are Your thoughts unto me, O God.”
We peruse with additional interest the diary — the recorded thoughts — of those with whom, while living, we interchanged hallowed friendship, and whose regard and love we had been privileged to enjoy. In opening the “Divine Diary” — unfolding the Divine Thoughts as these are recorded in Sacred Scripture — we have the elevating assurance, “this Great Being loves ME — pities me — carries me on His heart!” If it is consoling to be much in the thoughts of a revered earthly friend — then what must it be to occupy the thoughts of ONE, better than the best, more loving than the most loving human relative?
An earthly father writes his son in a distant land, ‘You are never absent from my thoughts.’ Such, too, is the comforting declaration of our Father in Heaven. The humblest and loneliest of His children on earth can say, “I am poor and needy — yet the Lord thinks upon me!”