Focal passage: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains … at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
Augustine of Hippo penned those words over 1,500 years ago, but I believe they are just as relevant today. How often do we see our reflections and forget the miraculous beings God has designed us to be?
Psalm 139:1-6 describes our Creator’s omniscience, for He knows our “sitting down and rising up,” our every thought and way. His intimate knowledge of us speaks to how deeply He values every man, woman, and child.
We also know God has a plan for each life He created. “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:16). Verse six in this psalm reminds us that we may not always understand the Lord’s purposes, but can trust in His understanding. In addition, believers can stand secure knowing that God is with us. “When I awake,” David writes, “I am still with You” (Psalm 139:18).
I’d like to encourage you to take time this week and choose one of three ways you can apply Psalm 139.
Consider those that are hardest for you to value, including yourself if needed. Ask God to give you eyes to see those that came to mind in the same way He sees them.
God created mankind in His image, but in order to understand what that means about us we must better understand who God is. What are some characteristics of God that Christians are called to reflect?
Indications of God’s value for every life flood the pages of scripture. Find three or four other passages in the Bible that support how much each life matters to God. How do these verses show that God values life differently than society values life?