Daily Reading and Prayer submitted by the Peters family.
There are so many wonderful psalms, but Psalm 139 in particular verses 13-16 is one that I often reflect on:
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
My soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
Intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
(Reformation Study Bible, ESV)
These verses are so rich with comfort as they confirm that each of us are made, perfectly and with great care by God himself. This psalmist considers the miraculous development of each of us – from conception, and beautifully describes the development of the human form, reminding us that life, from the very beginning, has significance. God in His grace takes an interest in every person, for each is specially created by Him. It beautifully describes how God has known us even before we were formed in the womb and that each of our days were known to him before we had ever begun our own human experience. What comfort we can have, knowing that the entirety of our lives has been written in his book. Knowing this enables us to live without fear of what we may face as we live here and now.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this psalm. Let it be a reminder to us that you know us, that you have formed each one of us, that because all of our days are known to you, that nothing that we do ever comes as a surprise to you. Thank you for the forgiveness that you have made available to us through Christ, for those things that we say and do that displease you. We pray Lord, for the unborn, and for those who have no voice – help us to advocate on their behalf. Remind us through your Spirit, that we are loved, and that despite the unrealistic image that today’s culture defines as beauty, that we are each fearfully and wonderfully made in your image. We thank you Father for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is the perfect reflection of your glory and to whom we are to strive be to be more like. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.