Life Lesson 37: Despite our best efforts, discouragement is inevitable. But having a relationship with Jesus Christ…
Life Lesson 10: God’s creation cannot be compared. He uniquely designed each of us to reflect His workmanship and His divine nature.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”
-Psalm 139:13-14 NLT
Psalm 139 is my favorite Psalm. It’s like God’s love letter to us, His children. If you’ve ever wondered how you came into being, take some time to read Psalm 139 and let the words penetrate your heart and mind, and like King David, think about the omniscience of God. It is so wonderful, I don’t have the capacity to attain it, so bear with me as I try to highlight some of the Scriptures from this Psalm that express my awe at God’s greatness.
In His infinite power, the Lord intricately and perfectly designed you and me, down to the very last detail. Even our fingerprints are one of a kind. God doesn’t make replicas. There are no two people on earth who are exactly alike. It doesn’t matter your ethnicity; you are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). Even the finite parts of us God cares about. In Matthew 10:30-31 we are told, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
The Lord told Jeremiah, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations”(Jeremiah 1:5). Just think, before your mother conceived you, the Lord Almighty knew you, and He chose you. Scripture tells us, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes” (Ephesians 1:4). Nothing about you is hidden from God. In Psalm 139:15, David writes, “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.” This is why human life is so incredibly precious to God. He meant for you to be born and even though we often find faults in ourselves and others, in God’s eyes, we’re fearfully and wonderfully made (v.14).
God doesn’t make mistakes. He knew what day you would be born and He knows what day you will die, down to the very hour, minute and even second. He divinely planned your life from beginning to end. This makes me think about my dear, sweet father-in-law who went to be with the Lord nearly a year ago. I can recall when my husband Rich would go visit his Dad in the nursing home, Joe would often say to him, “I wish I would go to sleep and not wake up.” Rich had the same response every time. He would say to Joe, “Today is not your day Dad.” Indeed, he was right. In v. 16 David writes, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
As David contemplates the power and might of God, he noted (vv. 17-18), “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” No one can comprehend the mind of God. His thoughts are too vast. Our lives are an open book before Him. There is no need to hide anything from Him. Scripture tells us that God is omnipresent, which means, He is everywhere we are. David writes (v. 18), “And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Because God is ever present with every new day, we must take time to acknowledge Him first thing in the morning, and seek His wisdom and guidance for the day.
In reverence and humility of God’s awesome greatness, David concludes his wonderment of the Lord in prayer when he said (vv 23-24), “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Let’s also make that our daily prayer as we grasp the fullness of God and His everlasting love for us.
“God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them.”
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