The Lord’s people are a poor people. God keeps us poor out of mercy and love for He knows if we become rich in the riches of this world our confidence will rest not upon Him and His lovingkindness, but upon our mistaken estimation of our own self-worth.
The Lord’s people are a needy people. True, He supplies all our needs, according to His riches, yet manna-like His supplies are sufficient only for the day and must be refreshed, restored and renewed every morning. So the Lord would have His people return to Him frequently, call upon Him often, and forget not all His benefits.
Poor and needy as His little ones are, here, too, is a marvellous truth. The Lord thinks upon us. David says, “I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me” (Psalm 40:17). Have we remembered the Lord this morning? Have we thought on Jesus today? His love? His mercy? His longsuffering? He has been thinking about us.
Child of God, our blessed Saviour thought about you before the sun ever rose for the first time. Before time began or ever the world existed the Triune God set His heart upon the people of His choice and loved them with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). He thought upon their poverty, their needs, their helplessness and settled upon a means of satisfying every want. He made with His people an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure.
Then, for the eternal wellbeing of His people, the Lord Jesus Christ “humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” There upon the cross the Godman, heaven’s suffering servant, steeled Himself against the unsheathed sword of justice and thought upon His people. He saw those for whom His soul travailed and was consoled in the midst of His anguish.
Nor does the Saviour’s thinking on us end there. Our blessed Jesus thinks upon His people every day. Surely, says David, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Lo, says the Christ of God, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Think on this. Not a day goes by that Christ does not think on you. Such is His love, care and concern. Oh, how frequently we forget Him, and when we do remember Him are not our thoughts too often tinged with selfish motives? He will never leave us nor forsake us though we often feel forsaken by our leaving off from Him.
Do we fear for the future? Does our poverty and need cause us to doubt His faithfulness? When temptations arise and unbelief finds opportunity to undermine our peace and comfort let us hear God’s promises. The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand (Isaiah 14:24 ).
No matter what befalls the church in the wilderness, our blessed Jesus shall never forget the people of His choice, the beloved of His heart, the apple of His eye. Again, and again, He will think on us to do us good. So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not (Zechariah 8:15).
Peter Meney is the Pastor of New Focus Church Online and the Editor of "New Focus Magazine" and publisher of sovereign grace material under the Go Publications imprint. The purpose and aim of the magazine and books is to spread as widely as possible the gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of free, sovereign grace found in the Holy Bible, the Word of God.