Sunday, May 29, 2011

your workmanship is marvelous

If you could not tell already, Psalm 139 is one of my favorite Scriptures.  If you are every doubting whether God sees you, knows you, loves you, then all you have to do is turn to this passage and start reading.

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
      and know everything about me.
 2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
      You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
 3 You see me when I travel
      and when I rest at home.
      You know everything I do.
 4 You know what I am going to say
      even before I say it, Lord.
 5 You go before me and follow me.
      You place your hand of blessing on my head.
 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
      too great for me to understand!
 7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
      I can never get away from your presence!
 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
      if I go down to the grave, you are there.
 9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
      if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
 10 even there your hand will guide me,
      and your strength will support me.
 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
      and the light around me to become night—
    12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
   To you the night shines as bright as day.
      Darkness and light are the same to you.

 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
      and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
      Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
      as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
 16 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.

 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
      They cannot be numbered!
 18 I can’t even count them;
      they outnumber the grains of sand!
   And when I wake up,
      you are still with me!

 19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
      Get out of my life, you murderers!
 20 They blaspheme you;
      your enemies misuse your name.
 21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
      Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
 22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
      for your enemies are my enemies.

 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
      test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
      and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Every time I read it, I almost get chills.  David does an amazing job of illustrating how God is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful.  Yet at the same time, God is personal.

David starts out with an idea that is hard for me to wrap my mind around:  God knows me better than I know myself.  The Message paraphrases verses 1-6 to say, “I am like an open book to you” and “you know everything I am going to say before I start the first sentence.”

God knows my every thought, action and word in my past, present and future.  He knows me intimately.  And, He knows you intimately, too.

He knows me inside and out because He made me.  And, He made me wonderfully complex and his workmanship is marvelous.

It is when I read this part that I really get convicted.  The Creator of the universe—the One who spoke the earth into existence, who painted every sunset and placed every star in the sky—created me “bit by bit” and “sculpted me from nothing into something” (The Message)!  And I have the nerve to say, “No, it’s not good enough.”

It is times like these when I really have to stop and pray the last two verses.

Lord, please search my heart and know all those anxious thoughts about how I look and how much I weigh.  Point out all the ones that offend you.  I’m so sorry—I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Please, guide me along the road of eternal life.  I can’t do this without you.

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