One Three Nine (Part 2)

Continuing from last week, I would like to meditate on more of my favourite piece of Scripture, Psalm 139.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. [Ps 139:13-14 NIV]

Photo by Julia Freeman-Woolpert

When I read this, I remember my nana sitting with her knitting, lovingly working on a jumper or some such thing for one of her grandchildren. Every stitch has to be carefully made and counted, else the garment not be right. The Lord created us in the womb, counting each cell as it came into being, making sure we were just how he wanted us to be. He doesn’t make mistakes. We look at ourselves and see imperfections, things we don’t like, but I would dare to say that when we complain about the shape of our nose (for example) we insult our very creator. His Word says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Like David, we need to get a hold of that truth and “know it full well!”

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. [Ps 139:15-16 NIV]

These days, with the help of modern technology, we can have a sneak peek at what is going on in the womb. It is amazing to be able to hear your child’s heartbeat at six weeks when their image on the screen is no more than a bean-shaped shadow. Yet they have vitality already streaming through them. What a comfort to know that the Lord watched over us even in the womb, caring for us, ordaining our life, knowing the path we will walk. He knows all of our days before even one comes to pass. Even in that secret, hidden place inside of our mothers, He was speaking purpose and life over us. Wow!

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. [Ps 139:17-18 NIV]

When I spend time dwelling on all of this, I come to the same conclusion as David – that God’s thoughts are precious even as they are vast. It really is too much to comprehend. I rest in the knowledge that God’s love goes beyond even what my limited understanding can accept. It is wonderful to know that the Creator of the universe, cares for every cell in my body and every thought in my head. I hope you have been encouraged by this Psalm as much as I am. Remember that in God you never, ever, wake up alone.

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  1. I’ve had those 6-week, little jelly bean shape scans myself. Absolutely awesome when I step back and look at the people they’ve grown into. To think God knows it all from the start beyond. I love the way you expressed that He’s caring for each of our cells right now.

    • Ps 139 has helped me a lot with self-esteem over the years. It really shows the Creator’s heart I think. Thanks Paula.


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