How did He do it? ∙

How did He do it?

I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly. – Psalms 139:14

Psalms 139:13-18

 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous– how well I know it.

 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

Have you ever looked back on something you pictured in your mind and then made earlier in life and wondered, “How did I ever do that?” Psalm 139 asks and answers that question regarding how the Father designed and created each of us.

When assessing ourselves, we often doubt our worth or quality. Sadly, this is true of some of us more than others. This is often because we compare ourselves to others or some ideal person that does not really exist, or perhaps we remember the negative feedback from our childhood.

These reflections are superficial. Our bodies and how they work are remarkably complex. It was only in the middle of the 20th century, with the discovery of DNA, that an intricate, highly detailed roadmap for each one of us individually began to be understood.

The latest scientific and medical discoveries reveal how incredibly intricate and complicated the technology within the human body is. Stem cells and cannabinoids, the buzzwords of the era, were totally unknown just a few decades ago. We seemingly are on the brink of significant breakthroughs in regenerative science.

In the 1974 movie Young Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein is played by Gene Wilder. Before Wilder begins developing his own version of the Frankenstein creature, he reads from his grandfather’s notebook: How I Did It.

The Father has a similar unpublished book. It is found in His creation. People engaged in research and discovery in diverse fields of modern science, medicine, mathematics, and physics, have begun to skim the surface of His magnificent opus. They are just touching the surface of His marvelous and brilliant design for cellular generation. We are discovering how He carried out His designs. We are leveraging these discoveries for the betterment of humanity.

Upon deeper reflection, we observe that each of us is unique and wonderful in the Father’s sight and put together in an extraordinary and precious way.

REFLECT & PRAY

The more I learn about the daunting and incredible complexity of the human mind and body, the more I am awed by my creative Father. Why would I live out crass, defiant stupidity?

Father Your ways and abilities are so much more significant and magnificent than anything I could ever imagine. I wish to bow in humble adoration of You. Teach me to respect You and follow You.

INSIGHT

Isaiah 55:8-9

 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

 9 “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Psalms 139:1-18 recognizes and honors the Father, Who is all-knowing, ever-present, and wonder-creating. The wonder and awesomeness of His creation is seemingly beyond the scope of human comprehension. This Psalm focuses on who He is, what He has accomplished, and what He continues to do in the time-space continuum.

Psalms 139:13-18 describes God’s remarkable and careful creation of each of us. Psalms 139:14 focuses on the design and creation of each person. These magnificent thoughts are captured and communicated in various translations.

Psalms 139:14 For all these mysteries I thank you: for the wonder of myself, for the wonder of your works (Kidner).

Psalms 139:14 I thank you because you have so wondrously and mysteriously made me and because all your works are so wonderful; you know me completely. (USB).

Psalms 139:14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous– how well I know it (NLT).

David is in awe of the Father’s brilliance, intelligent design, skill, and ability. David had no modern science or medicine. He had no microscopes. But he had keen observation skills. Somehow the Father engineered and constructed complex human creatures. “Think of the brain, for instance, with its capacity for recording facts, sounds, odors, sights, touch, pain; with its ability to recall; with its power to make computations; with its seemingly endless flair for making decisions and solving problems” (MacDonald).

He is overwhelmed and can do nothing less than praise and worship his Father. We have a modern Christian Hymn which captures his awestruck worship and praise. “How Great Thou Art.” It was ranked second (after “Amazing Grace”) on a list of the favorite hymns of all time in a survey by Christianity Today magazine in 2001

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.

I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

But there is more! He who made us is there for us!

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

The Father who made us understands us perfectly and intimately. The Father who formed us, knows us, and empathizes with us, is in the perfect position to take care of us, comfort us, and lead us.

Psalms 139 provides incredible insight into the Father’s perfect knowledge of us and His abundant love for us, just the way we are. He knows how we are made. He knows our weaknesses. He knows our sinful desires, and our transgressions are not hidden from Him. He knows our innermost hurts, fears, and frustrations, yet He longs to gain intimacy with us (Stanley).

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© Dr. H 2022

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