By Nick Cash

What is God’s posture toward you, according to the Holy Scriptures?

What is His emotional state of being — His mental frame of mind — whenever He thinks about you?

What are the feelings in His heart toward you? What is the look on His face when He thinks of you?

Are His arms crossed in anger? Is there a stern look on His face? Is there a look of disappointment? A look of “well, now you’re gonna get it”? Is He tapping His foot, waiting on you to pull yourself together?

Or is He just absent? Silent? Invisible? Disinterested? Not paying attention? Just ignoring you or unaware of you?

What does the Bible tell us about God’s posture toward us?

“The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing!” (Zephaniah 3:17)

I used to imagine God sitting up on His throne whenever we worship Him — just taking it all in — just bobbing His head a little, maybe drumming His fingers on His knee a bit with the beat.

But this verse tells us that He is up — He is out of His seat — He is on His feet — and He is the One standing and singing His song over us. Can you see the joy in His face as He stands and sings His song over you?

So what are the feelings in God’s heart toward you?

Disappointment? Disgust? Disdain? Is He ashamed of you? Or is He apathetic toward you?

What does the Bible tell us about God’s heart toward us?

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NASB 1995)

He loves you with an everlasting love!

“But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me. At night His song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8 NLT/NIV)

Each day, God pours His unfailing love out upon you and me! His song — the song He sings over us — His joyful song carries us through each of our nights.

That doesn’t sound like the language of obligatory, forced love to me. That sounds like the language of a Father who treasures and delights in His kids.

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“Psalm 139:18 tells us that God thinks about us more often than there are grains of sand in the whole world!”

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And just how often does God think of you? What does the Bible tell us about that?

“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.” (Psalm 139:17–18)

How many grains of sand are there in the whole world? Psalm 139:18 tells us that God thinks about us more often than there are grains of sand in the whole world!

What is the nature of those thoughts He has about us? What kind of emotion or mind frame does God have when He thinks of us? Precious. Psalm 139 says “how precious” are His thoughts concerning us!

My friend Bart Scarbrough likes to say, “Jesus is very fond of you.”

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

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“We are the beloved sons and daughters of the Most High God.”

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That is who we are in Christ Jesus.

We are the beloved sons and daughters of the Most High God. Cherished. Treasured. Wanted. Delighted-in. Beloved.

He’s a good, good Father — that’s who He is. And we are loved by Him – that’s who we are to the Father: beloved by the power of the Holy Spirt, through Christ Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

I’ve got one more Scripture for you. May you know, way deep down in the core of your being, that this is God’s heart for you — this is God’s posture to you who belong to Christ Jesus:

As He says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘My people’ who are not My people; and I will call her ‘My loved one’ who is not my loved one,” and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’” (Romans 9:25–26)

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Nick Cash, D.Min., is a Free Methodist elder, husband, father, and 27-year ministry veteran from Columbus, Georgia. Having served in church, nonprofit, and international missions contexts, he is now currently deployed overseas with his National Guard unit as a Free Methodist Church USA-endorsed chaplain. He also serves as the editor and author of LikeTreesPlanted.com, a free discipleship website from which this article is adapted with permission.

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