Saturday, March 31, 2007
Prayer of Thanks
I have been reading through the Psalms. Yesterday I came to Psalm 139. I think it is my very favorite - although there are so many of them that minister to me in ways I cannot even begin to describe. I like to read this particular Psalm like a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord. :
Thank You Father for knowing me so very well:
You “…know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You scrutinize my path and my lying down and art intimately acquainted with
all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue….You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before and laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.”
You created me and have a special plan for my life.
You “…formed my inward parts and wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made….
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully
Wrought in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance,
And in Your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me
When as yet there was not one of them.”
You think about me all the time – just as though I were Your only child Lord.
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.”
The Psalmist ends with these words, “Search me, O God and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”
I love this Psalm. When I begin to have negative thoughts about my worth, I hear what my God has to say about me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. With His own hands He knit me together in my mother’s womb. It is, as the Psalmist says, too wonderful for me. When I wonder, in the face of difficulty, if He cares, I read that His thoughts about me outnumber the sand. And when I am fearful about the future, I see that He has a marvelous plan for me that was written before I ever drew my first breath.
Thank You, Lord, for a love that overwhelms my heart. Thank You for loving me as though I were Your only child. Thank You for loving each one of us, each uniquely special one of us, as though we were Your only child. What a wonderful Father You are.