What a delightful and astonishing thought it is!
(James Smith, "Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed" 1855)
"Since you were precious in My sight — you have been honorable, and I have loved you." Isaiah 43:4
What marvelous grace is here!
What a delightful and astonishing thought it is — that such poor, vile, rebellious creatures — should be precious to the infinite, holy, and eternal Jehovah!
That He should delight in us! (Isaiah 62:4)
That He should shed His precious blood for us! (1 Peter 1:19)
That He should work precious faith in us! (2 Peter 1:1)
That He should make precious promises — to support, supply, and comfort us! (2 Peter 1:4)
That He should render Christ precious unto us! (1 Peter 2:7)
That He should indulge us with a knowledge of His thoughts, and make them precious to us! (Psalm 139:17)
That He should call us His precious children!
Well may we exclaim with David, "What am I — that You should be mindful of me?"