Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

 

The Inescapable God

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

    you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down,

    and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,

    O Lord, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before,

    and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

    it is so high that I cannot attain it.

 

13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

    Wonderful are your works;

that I know 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 beheld my unformed substance.

In your book were written

    all the days that were formed for me,

    when none of them as yet existed.

17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!

    How vast is the sum of them!

18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand;

    I come to the end—I am still with you.
 
 

As I write today’s devotion, I am wearing an additional hat to those I usually wear. Today, I am Grandpa. Our twin grandsons needed a babysitter for the week, as our daughter-in-law heads back to work. A nanny has been hired but cannot start until later this month – so the grandparents are taking turns.

 

I am thankful for this, for I am in touch with God’s promises of life given to these two who were knit together in their mother’s womb, and they are wonderfully made. They are just four-and-a-half months old, starting to smile and laugh, and they don’t mind being snuggled and held and loved. 
 
 

And oh, how I needed that these past couple of days. The terrible violent acts of the mob breaking down the barriers and rushing into the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., were happening on the TV as I fed and burped and changed and rocked these boys. What is happening? Why is this happening? How is this happening? Emotions of fear, anger, bitterness, hatred, sorrow and more were shared by many on TV and social media and in conversations.

 

How I wish I could shield these boys from the events of this world they have entered. I wish we could hide away and avoid all of this. Oh, how I wish.

 

I know I cannot.

 

But in these moments, they were the ones who were shielding me. For in my arms, I held these two beautiful creations. I was reminded of the One who created, who creates, and who loves what the Creator has created. This One knows me inside and out, as well as those in my arms. And for that I give thanks.

 

God’s creation is amazing and wonderful. That is what I needed that day. God is revealed in what God has created. How incredible is God’s creation!

 

And the One who creates is the one who knows me, inside and out: my fears and sorrows, my joys and pains, my hopes and fears.

 

And the One who creates will never abandon me. Nor will the Creator ever abandon these two boys. For God loves what God created.

 

For that, I give thanks. In the midst of all this, I give thanks.
 
 

Let Us Pray

Rise up and come to our help, merciful God, for we are in need. Our spirits are weighed down with fear; our bodies feel as fragile as the dust from which we came. All that we have trusted seems hidden from sight. Although this moment has come upon our nation, you have not forgotten us. We do not trust in our own power or strength, but in your steadfast love in every generation. Show us your face in this time of trial, remind us of your faithfulness, and save us for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

-All Creation Sings, p. 49, “A prayer for a time of civic distress” 

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