The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
God thinks of us, and He intends that we in return should think of Him. And for us to do this rightly is true religion. What condescension and kindness are shown in God's thinking of us. "I know the thoughts that I have toward you that they are good and not evil."
I. THE NATURE OF GOD'S THOUGHTS. All existence is the embodiment of God's thought, but it is only as He reveals His thoughts to us that we can form any conception of them. And He has done this. The Bible is the unfolding of God's thoughts to us as they bear on our recovery from bondage and sin. And every one desires to know what are God's thoughts upon our sin. The sense of guilt is universal. Now God tells us that His thoughts are set on our salvation. None but He could have introduced a plan of restoration like that which the Gospel brings. And His thought includes our regeneration and renewal as well as our forgiveness. For they include the promise of the Holy Ghost. How precious, then, are God's thoughts unto us.
II. THE PERMANENCE OF GOD'S COVENANT. It "standeth for ever."
Parallel VersesKJV: The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.