January 15, 2021
Brian D. Inman
Peck’s United Methodist Church
Smoky Mountain District
Psalm 139:13-18 NIV
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.”
What it means
Our church just looked at this Psalm a few weeks ago during Sunday School, so what a blessing to be able to share a little bit of what we learned ��
Psalm 139 is a very personal, intimate psalm that comprises part of the final Davidic collection of Psalms, which are chapters 138-145. And what really comes out loud and clear is that we serve a God that is both (1) divine, as well as (2) near to all of us – at the same time. In one sense, He is transcendent, and manages to keep Himself “above the fray” of all that is going on here on planet earth. But on the other hand, He is also intimately involved in every single little detail of our lives, even the seemingly smaller details that we might shrug off as unimportant.
What it means to me
Both of these aspects should bring us great comfort. During this uncertain time of dealing with a pandemic, racial protests, and a very divided nation, it can seem like things are spiraling out of control, and we desperately want for somebody to step in and assume command. No problem – even when it may not appear so, God is in complete and perfect control of everything going on. We can trust Him to work all things out for our good and for His glory. And, on the other hand, when we are lonely, when we feel like we have nobody to reach out to when we desperately need someone … once again, no problem! God is as near to us as our next breath. He created us intimately and knows every single aspect about us, even more than we do. So take heart! The God of the universe is very much alive and well and in control of everything that is going on. And yes, He is still accepting prayer requests from His children – you and me. You see, He created all of us, and He loves all of us intimately.
Abba Father – we thank you for handling your role as creator of the universe perfectly. We also thank you for inviting us to crawl up in your lap and still call you Daddy – you can handle both! We love you and we praise you! In Jesus name, Amen.