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. (Psalm 139:13-15, New International Version)
Theme: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving
So far we have considered two important sources of inspiration for prayers of rejoicing and thanksgiving – (1) God, and (2) some of the people in our lives. Today we conclude with a third source of inspiration – our individual traits.
It might seem a little vain to rejoice and give thanks for the way we are made but there is no concern when the recipient of our gratitude is God. In fact, giving thanks for the way God made us is a necessary rejection of the way some people in society assess the worth of individuals. When we think about things like aging, disabilities, health, or popular standards of beauty and success we may be more inclined to be discouraged about ourselves than to rejoice and give thanks.
In our passage today, we return to the book of Psalms. David’s reflection on God’s involvement in his individual traits results in a prayer of praise. Please study the passage and answer the questions below.
- Clearly the presence of sin means we are not perfect. In your own words, what was David praising God for in Psalms 139?
- Do you employ this practice in your prayer life?
Please leave a comment. We would love to hear from you.
March 8, 2023 at 2:38 am
David is praising God for creating him. David knows he is a unique and wonderful being that God intentionally chose to make.
March 8, 2023 at 4:52 am
I believe David is praising God for His omnipresence, omniscience snd love. David is comforted and grateful that God uniquely created him, knows him inside and out, is always there for him and protects him. I do employ this in my prayer life but need to do it more consistently.
March 8, 2023 at 6:00 am
First, I think he was praising God just for the sheer act of creation. To come into this world at all is a gift from God. Second, he was praising God for the uniqueness of his life. We may resemble others but we are all very different. Made fearfully and wonderfully, fashioned in a way HE intended me to be. As I’ve aged, I have grown to appreciate this more as I’ve seen Him do things in my life uniquely for me which have been so beneficial. I thank Him very much for that.
March 8, 2023 at 6:43 am
I think David wanted us to be certain of the things we have been instructed that we not only believe them but be able to say why we believe them. To be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us. God perfectly knows us and all our ways.
March 8, 2023 at 7:41 pm
David was praising God for being all knowing. Because God created David and his inmost parts, God rightly judges David’s thoughts, motives and deeds. HE knows the thoughts not acted on and rightly divides what is good and what is evil. In this way, God supremely guides David into HIS purposes. I do not believe I employ this practice in my prayer life and so this is an opportunity.
March 8, 2023 at 8:58 pm
This is actually my favorite verse in the bible! It always struck me that the term “fearfully” was used, and I still am trying to unpack the reason for that word choice.
To me, I view this as David praising God for making man in God’s image. God loved us so much that he made us with perfection in mind. There is so much power in knowing that God loves you merely because He created you. You don’t have to do anything or try – He loves you!
March 8, 2023 at 9:09 pm
All of your comments are truly encouraging. Thanks for sharing!
March 8, 2023 at 9:38 pm
This scripture is about praising our creator. When we read this verses we can reflect and be grateful for God’s creation especially for creating man in His image and likeness. The more I reflect on God’s creation and the way He made us unique, the more I am in awe of His sovereignty and majesty. Praising God for everything and being grateful for all the gifts and blessings he has given me all these years , is always a major part of my prayer.
Speaking about gifts, God has just given me another gift two days ago. My daughter gave birth to a baby girl! I’m a little late to arrive but will be there in Canada from tomorrow. I had to wait for my husband’s return last night, after his official trip to Washington DC. So friends from this study group, I will be very busy from tomorrow as I fly to Calgary, Canada and will be there for some months, helping my daughter taking care of my newly born granddaughter, but I am still in this bible study group. I maybe late at times in sending my comments. Thank you and please pray for me and my husband’s safe flight tomorrow.
March 8, 2023 at 9:41 pm
Thanks Aurora! Congratulations to you and your family on the arrival of your granddaughter. Have a safe trip and enjoyable stay in Canada.
March 8, 2023 at 10:13 pm
David was showing his gratitude to God for being born and praising him for his creation.
March 8, 2023 at 10:17 pm