May 26th, 1963 “Valuing the Thoughts of God” Late Mr. N. Daniel
Psalm 139:17 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
We value many things in this world. But this psalmist is valuing the thoughts of God. What do you value in your life? We know the first thing that created the world was the thought of God. Before this world came into existence it was the thought of the Designer. What are your thoughts? Are they God’s? If they are God’s your whole life will be built on the rock. Are you careful to check your thoughts against God’s thoughts? Suppose some strange thoughts come into you. One such thought can ruin your life. We must be careful that the thoughts that possess us are completely of God. Once one thought possessed Ahab. He wanted to get hold of the vineyard of Naboth. In many ways, he could have improved his own garden. But that one thought was the cause of the ruin of his family and kingdom. Be careful about your thoughts. When Ahab could not achieve his own ends, his wife came to his help. A wise wife would ask the husband, “Why do you want to possess the land? Is this God’s thought? If it is not God’s thought it could ruin our family.” But Ahab had chosen a woman from a heathen home. She was an idolatrous woman. She could never counsel him in the ways of the Lord. If a wife cannot counsel the husband in the right way, the whole family will crumble. From where do you choose your partner? Is it from a home where the Word of God rules? Our Christian homes are not generally fully governed by the Word of God but we follow the world at home. We say, “That may be God’s word, all right. Yet we are in this world. We must be wise.” That is how people live. David says, “How precious are Thy thoughts! The sum total of them is altogether such a blessing to me!” A true Christian is nothing but a bundle of God’s thoughts. He never swerves from those thoughts.
Isaiah 51:16 “I have put my words in thy mouth.”
V.7,8 “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is the law.” If you keep the word of God in your heart, the blessing flows from generation to generation. When we build a house, we want our children and children’s children to benefit by it. But if you keep the Word of God in your heart and subject yourself to the commandments of God, the blessing flows to generations. Your house may fall; but the shelter you have built by obeying the Word of God, will never fall.
Abraham heard the Word of God. He came from a heathen home, but when God called him, he obeyed. One by one his heathen thoughts were replaced by God’s thoughts. Abraham received the Word of God and built a home. That home was wonderful and has lasted to this day.
Four hundred years after him, Pharoah wanted to make his children his slaves. God warned Pharoah: “Be careful what you do with God’s nation. If you persecute them, God will destroy your children. Your whole army will be destroyed.” When a king loses his army what has he to lean on? Nothing.
Nebuchadnezzar wanted to put the
Israelites into a hard grind: but he was
just in some ways. God chose
Nebuchadnezzar to teach obedience and discipline to the disobedient
Israelites. God revealed this coming
situation to Jeremiah. “I will teach you
there. Now you are not teachable. In the
“How precious are Thy thoughts! How I value
the sum of them!” Do you value
them? When you read the Bible in the
morning are you reading it as a matter of routine? God likes to take away your thoughts and
replace them with His thoughts. As you
grow, you are filled with more of His thoughts.
As a child you might take in five percent of the Word of God: but at fifteen years of age you will take in
twenty percent. At the age of twenty five you will have fifty percent of God’s
thoughts. The kings of
Genesis 17:1 First of all we do not
value the Word of God. It does not get
into us. Darkness surrounds us. The devil sees to it that the Word of God
does not get into us. Many Christian
homes have a kind of darkness. Once in
Early in life, Absalom was possessed with one wrong thought. He wanted his father’s throne. He had no fear of God. David loved him almost to a fault. Absalom had murdered his brother but David felt compassion towards him and kissed him. It was a wrong kiss – a kiss to an unrepentant son. Many of us kiss our children that way and we lead them to hell. We must watch over them. They have wrong thoughts. Some of the statements that my children make are wrong and I correct them. They are not of God. They may get angry; but smiling over wrong thoughts will not help them. Then I pray for them. God makes them drop those thoughts.
David knew that his life was safe and protected by the hand of God but where was Absalom? David had exhorted his captains to deal gently with Absalom for his sake. Could they save Absalom? No power on earth can save your children unless you teach them the Word of God. Many young people go and marry outside the will of God. If you ask, “Why do you marry her?” they say, “I will convert her.” But the fact is that she will convert you. Many lost their first love on account of such decisions. They cannot be restored. Be filled with the Word of God.
Is. 51:21,22 God gives the cup of misery to your enemies. The devil is always watching to enter into your life and home. But as long as you are seeking God’s will, and studying the Word of God carefully and obeying it, your life will become brighter and brighter as the noonday. People will be surprised at your progress. All the thoughts of the wicked will fail. Those that wanted to destroy Daniel fell into the mouths of the lions. The Babylonian kings began listening to Daniel. Daniel rebuked Nebuchadnezzar even the mighty king that he was! Daniel 4: 25-27
If you obey the Word, you will get more and more of moral courage. You will say like Elijah who said to Ahab, “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine”. You just go on subjecting yourself to the Word of God. Then you will build the waste places. God will restore the years wasted by the palmerworm and the cankerworm. Examine yourself. See how much of the Word of God is reigning in your hearts. Is Jesus Christ, the Word of God, reigning in you hundred percent? “I do always the things that please my Father,” He said. He wants us to do so. Many of His disciples left Him because they said that it was hard. But Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” John 6:68.
Isaiah 66:3,4 “They choose that which I delight not.” God looks at your choices. He is shocked: “O what will happen to my child?” You choose gaudy dresses. Well, can you fight the devil when he attacks you through that dress? Whatever you choose, it must not hinder your nearness to God. You choose a position respected by all. Then perhaps you associate with people who have no fear of God. One day you will become like them. You may give much money for God’s work. But you will be lost.
How good to know God’s thoughts for
you! When Abraham was shown
By the time the Israelites returned
after four hundred years of stay in
Peter did not leave Jesus. He became an important man in