I Was Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Humans Are Special Creations of and Omnipresent, Omnicient God
The words "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" are from Psalm 139. This beautiful Psalm is ascribed to King David. It is a hymn that celebrates both God's omnipresence, or His presence everywhere, and His omniscience or complete and total knowledge of all things. However, in doing this it covers another subject. The fact that all human beings are special creations of a wonderful and loving God, who knew us and His plans for us before we were even born.
I. The Outline of the Psalm
From the very beginning of the Psalm, David is acutely aware and deeply in awe that God's all-knowing gaze is upon Him (1-6). The king further expands his view and sees that God is present everywhere in the universe. David understands that there is no place the He can go where God is not already present (7-12).
In verses 13-16 we see the Psalm becoming more intimate again. This time showing that God knows David so intimately because it was the Lord who formed him in the womb. In fact God had a plan for David even before he came to be (16). It is in this section that King David praises this great and mighty God because he is so fearfully and wonderfully made.
David sums up verses 13-16 by once again expressing his awe of the Creator. He says:
"How precious to me are your designs O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands; when I complete them, still you are with me" (17-18).
The one place where there is hostility to God's rule is the wicked. David expresses his hatred of these people who are in opposition to His Lord and His complete sovereignty of the universe. These are men who plot against the plans of God. David calls them bloodthirsty. But he is confident that the God of the universe is in control over them as well. He asks to be removed from them (19-22)
David's final wishes in this Psalm is that God's all-seeing eye probe him and see if there is any wickedness in him; any ounce of his being that is also in opposition to the rule of God. And he asks that God rather "lead me in the way everlasting" (23-24). One translation renders the final sentance: "lead me along an ancient path." This is a poetic way of asking God to lead him in manner of living of his ancestors that were faithful to God's will. David himself did not want to be counted among those in opposition to the God of his fathers. He wanted to be counted among those in complete obedience.
II. God Places a Value on Human Beings
This Psalm is used by many to show how God's Word sees human life, created in the image of God. It is rightfully taken as a proof text by the right to life movement because it pictures life beginnning in the womb. None of us can say that we are worthless. On the contrary, even before birth, God places great value on each person who is in this world. He took great care in creating each one of us. Our bodies themselves are made of billions of cells and a myriad of interconnected parts, that work together like clockwork. But it goes beyond this. God made plans for our lives even before conception. This Psalm explains it this way:
"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.” (Psalm 139:15,16).
In talking about the call of the prophet Jeremiah, we see similar language, indicating God's intentions for him, even before he was conceived. The book of Jeremiah tells us:
"Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations" (1:4,5).
The apostle Paul chimes in with his understanding of how God sees the Christian, even before the foundation of the world. He says:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:3-6).
III. An Application of This Truth
It is obvious that the truth of Psalm 139 has a general application to all human life, from the cradle to the grave. All Christians should care about life, not only in the womb, but also for those who are mistreated and undervalued in every society. We should further care for the elderly and those with terminal illnesses. Anywhere there is life, we see a person that has a purpose, given to them by almighty God. And we should always value what God values.
What a wonderful thing that the omnipresent, omniscient God has specially made each and every one of us! This should be cause for us to praise Him and give Him thanks. Let us value our own lives and never forget that the Lord has a plan for us that makes each of us special in His sight. And may we always value others, and see each and every one as a person, created in the image of God.
Let us always defend human life from beginning to end, for we are truly fearfully and wonderfully made!
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