Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 139

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

Reflection: Before we were known by those closest to us, before anyone knew of our existence, the LORD knew us fully and completely. Just as He created the heavens and the earth with great wisdom and power, our God knit each one of us in our mother’s womb secretly. In the beginning, the LORD formed the first man in His own image. He shaped Him with great care. And then, He breathed into man His own sacred Breath of Life. Through the Ages, God continues to create every person who walks upon the earth. They are known to Him before they are even fully formed. He creates them knowing full well what will be each one’s strength and weakness, talent and inability. As a potter forms clay, the LORD shapes every detail to His liking.

This has many implications for how we should view ourselves as God’s created beings. For instance, if we have been formed by God, then we must assume that God knows more about us than we know about ourselves. If we have been created by the LORD for a purpose, then we must assume that our lives are meant to have meaning that He has prescribed to them. In the same way, this has many implications for how we should view others as God’s created beings. Just as we are each fearfully and wonderfully made, so is every person we meet. Just as we have been created for great purpose, so have others. How good the LORD is to form us so delicately and to shape us in His wisdom; to make us in His likeness and purpose us for His good work.

Prayer: Loving God, You knew me long before I knew You. You loved me long before I loved You. You have done great works throughout the universe. What a great blessing it is to know that You created me too. Thank You, LORD, for creating me with purpose. Please help me to seek You to fulfill it, that I would live a life that pleases You. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): 2 Peter 1; Jeremiah 41-42; Psalm 139