Furthermore.......(drum roll)... He is doing more than listening to my words. He hears my thoughts and yours too. Psalm 139:4 says, "Before a word is on my tongue, you Lord, know it completely." In the one millionth of a second from the time I think something until I actually say it, He already knows exactly what I'm going to say and exactly why I'm saying it. He is THAT CLOSE to us. Another verse in another Psalm got my attention this morning. Psalm 94:11 says "The Lord knows people's thoughts..." He knows what we are THINKING. Hello. Nothing is hidden from Him. Not even my thoughts. UHHH-OHHH.
Earlier in the same Psalm, the writer is complaining to God about how He's running the earth. Wondering why He is allowing the wicked to gloat. Wondering why their arrogance and boasting is not getting His attention. He tells God what these people are thinking, ""The Lord isn't looking, they say, and besides the God of Israel doesn't care." (v.7)
And then he kind of reminds himself that, oh yes, God knows what they are actually thinking. Just like he knows what I am thinking. Doubts about God's ways come to every one of us every now and then. If you are confused by God and what He's allowing in the world, or in your life, He isn't mad at you for having those doubts. In light of how dark the world has become, we can think our prayers are hitting His voice mail.
But that isn't truth.
What does God do when we, His children, have doubts filling the inner recesses of our minds? What does He do when we, like the writer of Psalm 94, wonder why He is allowing proud and arrogant people to prosper.. seemingly.... and to crush His own people?
HE COMFORTS US. I cannot hide my doubts from the One who knows my thoughts. And yours. If we will allow Him, He will give us the renewed hope we need to get through a seemingly hopeless planet. He knows what He's doing. Even when we don't.
"When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer."
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