This was how David compared them in Psalm 139. I like how the Amplified Bible says it….
“How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You. (Psalm 139:17-18 AMP)
Basically, David was saying that when he wakes up from passing out trying to count all of God’s thoughts about him (“When I awoke [[could I count to the end]”), God is still with him!
How much does God think about you and about me? Well, according to David Blatner in his book Spectrums, a group of researchers at the University of Hawaii tried to calculate the number of grains of sand there are on the earth. Here’s what they came up with.
“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 7.5 x 1018 grains of sand, or seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand.” (Source)
In other words, what David was trying to express is that God has more than 7,500,000,000,000,000,000 thoughts about you!
Not only that, but His thoughts toward you are good thoughts, full of hope and peace.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer.29:11 NKJV)
This is the purpose of personal prophecy. Paul said it was to edify, exhort, and speak comfort to one another (bold-type added):
“But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” (1 Cor.14:3 NKJV)
The Greek word for edification is οἰκοδομή (oikodomē), which simply means to build up. This building up of one another is a critically important ministry in the local church for helping people grow up into Christ (Eph.4:11-16).
Exhortation (παράκλησις – paraklēsis) means to come along side to be a supporting influence or motivation. In other words, to be someone’s cheerleader!
Comfort (παραμυθία – paramythia) comes from two words: “come-fortify.” It means to strengthen and encourage, especially in the face of adversity, pain or sorrow.
I like how the Message Bible puts it…
“But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.” (1 Cor.14:3 MSG)
To sum it up, sharing God’s thoughts with one another helps us grow, be strong and experience God’s presence together.
It’s a common myth in the church today that we cannot know God’s thoughts, or know what He has planned for us. This is because we don’t read the Bible through our New Covenant glasses. We like to quote the Old Testament and say things like God’s thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa.55:9), that no eye has seen, nor ear heard what God has planned for us (1 Cor.2:9). But when we do this we fail to understand that we have the most amazing search engine of all, living right inside of us via God’s indwelling Spirit. We have the mind of Christ! (1 Cor.2:10-16)
This is the main purpose of our meeting together as the church of God. It’s not to be entertained and wowed by how talented the performers are, or how eloquent the speaker is. When we come together, we are to share God’s thoughts with one another, strengthening and helping each other to see who we are in Christ and how He uniquely made each one of us for glory and purpose in His eternal kingdom.
“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Cor.14:26 NKJV)
Beloved, God can’t stop thinking about you! His thoughts toward you are more than the sand. And He can’t stop thinking about the people all around you right now. The person you live with, the people you go to church with, the people you work with, or who sit next to you on a plane or bus or train.
So why not take a chance today and ask your heavenly Father what He thinks about the people around you and share it with them.
After all, with more than 7,500,000,000,000,000,000 thoughts to pick from, it’s kind of hard to miss.