The Sixth Day Exercise for October 31, 2015

daily text logoOctober 31, 2015

Psalm 139:17-18

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

The Sixth Day Exercise


Today’s text brings to mind at least two other scriptures.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.

Now, here’s the big miraculous deal:

However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. . . . for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 16.

Now consider today’s text in light of these verses: How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!

The thoughts of God are unknowable by the naked human brain. But the mystery of Christ is that the thoughts of God are now knowable by human beings through the revealed and collaborative means of the Word of God and the Spirit of God. “We have the mind of Christ.”

So where do you find yourself on this Saturday? Is the Word of God still a faithful discipline for you or is it becoming a delight? Is the Spirit of God a “spiritual concept” for you or is He becoming like your breath? And how about the mind of Christ; is your knowledge of Jesus Christ becoming a deeper knowing of his mind and heart for you and others?

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!


In case you are new to the Sixth Day Exercise. In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22. 

Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.


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