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"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Devotional for August 21

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have ordained, what is man that You take thought of him and the son of man that You care for him?" Psalm 8:3-4

Take thought - David spent many nights under the stars. Without the disturbance of electric lights, air pollution and man-made distractions, he must have been overwhelmed at the sheer immensity of the heavens. He looks into the depths of space, sprinkled liberally with the dust of angels, and asks the question that every man must ask: "God, why do you even care about me?" We are so insignificant. A speck on a speck circulating around a speck in the unfathomable darkness. God paints a canvas so large that by any scale we are nothing more than a single pixel of color in a multi-billion-bit collage.

But David knows that God thinks of us. More than that, He cares for us and for our children. "To take thought" is the Hebrew word zakar. It has a wide range of meanings. One group of meanings covers careful and deliberate mental activities. Here zakar can mean, "to think about, to meditate upon, to pay attention to, to remember, to recall". Every one of these meanings has significance for us.

David is stunned by God's careful consideration of human beings. After all, God is responsible for some pretty big operations. God has created some pretty big things. And God is involved in some very big projects. It hardly seems reasonable that God would have time for me. It's like expecting the President to call me up to see how my day is going. Except that God is the President of the Universe. How likely is that?

But God not only thinks about us, He actually deliberately and carefully considers everything about us. Did you notice that every one of the meanings implies an intimate interest in the matter? God meditates upon us He brings us to mind in order to contemplate our lives, carefully examining every facet of who we are, arranging His thoughts about us in order to completely understand us. God pays attention to us He doesn't just give us a glance. He doesn't just nod our way. He stops and focuses His attention on us. He looks carefully to see who we are and to listen to what we say. He settles down to meet us face-to-face. God remember us He brings us to mind as He looks over His favorite photos. He thinks about the special moments He had with us. He reflects on our history with Him. He smiles over us. God recalls us He brings to mind the call He sends to us and recalls it again. He contemplates the intimacy of His efforts to send us love messages. He calls us back. He re-dials because He wants to hear our voices again.

These are actions of deep affection. Saying that God "takes thought" about us is another way of expressing His love for us. It's quite amazing, isn't it? God is thinking about you!

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Monday, August 21st, 2017
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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