Picture yourself on a beach at sunrise. Pink, yellow, orange, and purple blend across the sky. The ocean is calm, its surface like shiny glass as the sun’s rays reflect on it. Your eyes look to the never-ending horizon, and you wonder what is on the other side. You glance to your right. People walk along the shoreline. Some children frolic in the waves. To your left, pet owners toss a Frisbee to their dogs. On the highest point along the beach sits a sandcastle, that survived the evening’s high tide. The sand extends as far as you can see to the right and to the left.
Scientist Robert Krulwich reports, “If you assume a grain of sand has an average size, and you calculate how many grains are in a teaspoon and then multiply by all the beaches and deserts in the world, the Earth has roughly (and we’re speaking very roughly here) 7.5 x 10 to the 18 power grains of sand, or seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains.” I can’t even write that number.
The point is, when God says His thoughts about us are more numerous than the sand on the beaches, He’s declaring He thinks about us a whole lot. The thought is unfathomable. But try to wrap your mind around that fact for a few minutes. The intentional statement made by Sovereign God in Psalm 139:17-18 is so profound that it requires an incredible amount of faith to take Him at His word. When He says He thinks about us, He means He never takes a break. We can live well today and sleep soundly tonight. God is thinking about us and about every single thing that concerns us.
Adapted from, “Shining Through The Psalms,” by Deborah Presnell, 2018. Available on Amazon.