Suggested Reading: Psalm 8
Focal Passage: 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? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! Psalm 8:3-5
Sometimes it simply amazes me that I would even cross the mind of God, let alone the fact that He loves me. To paraphrase part of the above scripture, Who am I Lord, that You would even give a thought to me? Yet the Bible tells us that even the very hairs on our heads are numbered (Matthew 10:30). That means it’s a personal thing. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done and it doesn’t matter what we’ve experienced— God loves us. We are honored, we are precious in His eyes (Isaiah 43:4). Is that not incredible? And to top it off…it’s everlasting!
…“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Jeremiah 31:3 (partial)
It boggles the mind, doesn’t it? It also boggled the mind of David as we see in the Focal passage above. In Psalm 139, he further elaborates on how God cares for and watches over us. I love the way The Message Bible puts it:
Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! Psalm 139:7-10
Most often when we think of God’s love for us, our minds run to the cross. The cross is God’s statement of just how much He cares for us. When we think of the immensity of this love, the very first thing we have to do is consider the price that was paid. Chris Tomlin says it very well in his song, Here I Am To Worship: “I’ll never know how much it cost To see my sin upon that cross”.
What makes this love God has for us even more amazing is when we see it in light of the fact that we are so undeserving…we owe such a large debt. At the core of our very being is sinfulness. But at the core of God’s being is His holiness. In order for us to find any way to have a relationship with Him, we have to find a way for our sins to be forgiven. The problem is that there’s just no way for us to accomplish this on our own…the debt is just too big. So He paid the price for us:
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1John 4:10
One of my earliest memories is learning the words to the song, Jesus Loves Me. I’m sure most of you know the song too. Do you also know for a fact that Jesus Loves you? I’m not asking if you have that information, like you understand the sun will come up tomorrow. I mean in a more personal way…Have you experienced that love personally? Have you invited Him into your heart?
Some of you may be familiar with the name of Dr. R. Paul Caudill. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Memphis for nearly 40 years and is known worldwide for his many accomplishments for the Lord. I was raised in that church…He married my Mom and Dad, and he Baptized me, as well as my brother and sister. He led First Baptist to build nine chapels in Africa and a hospital in Bangalore, India. In his retirement years he preached regularly at the Shelby County Penal Farm and was instrumental in the building of a chapel on the grounds. He authored over 50 books. I could go on and on.
He passed away at ninety seven years of age. When he died, his daughter was at his bedside. She heard him say something, but couldn’t quite make out the words. As she leaned closer to try and get a clearer understanding, he whispered the words to the children’s song… “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. This accomplished and learned man of God left this world with the truth from this children’s song his lips.
I can think of no greater words uttered by man.