God Thinks of Me!

“He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God. 
Many will see and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done.
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.”
Psalm 40:3-5

When you asked Jesus to be Lord of your life and stepped down from your own throne, you became a new creature.  This new creature no longer needs to be ashamed of past performance or identity.  Rather this new creature can sing a new song!  Songs of praise to God!  Many who knew the old you, as well as those you meet, will fear and trust in God because of the change in you.  That change should include a new identity as God’s beloved child of the King!  It should include love and acceptance, worth and affirmation.  As you read God’s word and apply it to your life, you should burst forth with songs of thankfulness and joy because you can now stand before God forgiven and free!

The new creature will begin a journey of trust in God.  He loves us and wants what is best for us even if that comes through hardship or frustration.  We must trust that the God of the universe who loved us so much to send His Son to die for us will also lead us through the day to day walk of our lives.  He did not save us and leave us!  He saved us so that He could fellowship with us!  He cares about us so much that His thoughts are continually turned towards us!  He has so many thought of us that they cannot be counted!  That’s love!!!

When you love someone, you think about them constantly, trying to figure out ways to please them and to be together.  god loves us so much that His thoughts are continually for us.  Have you ever felt abandoned by God?  Have you wondered where He was as life overcame you with harsh circumstances?  I have, but I have also trusted that even though I may not feel God’s presence for a time, that He is still there because He says that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  My mortal existence can not always percieve the eternal presence of God.  I must believe His word, stand on His promises, and act as if His word and promises are true even when it doesn’t seem to be so.  Because I choose to believe in the midst, I can sing a new song, even in the midst!

Hint for the day:  You don’t have to be a virtuoso to sing with your kids.  Let song be a part of every day.  We used to sing on the way to church, and everywhere else!  We sang as we did chores, we sang in the car, we still sing when we are out hiking.  We declare the beauty of God’s world with song.  Even if singing does not come naturally to you, try it!  Sing an old song such as “The B-I-B-L-E” or “Jesus Loves Me.”  Make up silly songs!  But sing! Or at least hum along!

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