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8. Worth where it all began – Part 2

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Psalm 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!

One aspect of God’s omnipotence is seen in His power to create us both personally and individually and after stating the source of our being in verse 13 David now reveals:

  • The Wonder of our Being (v. 14-15)

The wonder of it all is found in the truth that we were created and fashioned by the Master Craftsman. David’s response to this truth is one of thanksgiving and praise, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” I wonder is that our response when we remember that God made us? It should be because God doesn’t make junk.  Some versions refer to us as being “fearfully made” but this does not mean that there is anything to be afraid of. What it means is that we are unique and distinct. We are distinguished from any other created being; we are unique in God’s plan and program. It also says that we are “wonderfully made” which refers to the marvel of the human body. David recognized this truth even though he had never taken Biology 101 or Anatomy and Physiology. David understood that the human body was more than just an amazing organism, he saw it as miraculous. The King James Version translates this as “marvelous are Thy works” and it truly is marvelous. Wilbur Nelson wrote a book called, “If I Were An Atheist” in which he includes a chapter entitled, “If I Were A Medical Doctor.” In it he includes a whole list of “think ofs.” That’s what he calls them. He wants us to think of these things, ponder them, and meditate on them. Here are a few… “Think of the human body composed of more than one hundred trillion cells. Think of the skin. While water penetrates the skin outwardly, it cannot penetrate inwardly. Aren’t you glad about that? I mean, if not, you would have blown up and exploded in the shower this morning! Think of the bones, capable of carrying a load 30 times what a brick will support. Think of the liver, it breaks up blood cells into bile and neutralizes poisonous substances. Think of the blood. 10-12 pints of syrupy substances distributes oxygen and carries away waste from tissues and organs. It also regulates the body’s temperature. Think of the heart. weighing less than a pound. It’s a real work horse. On the average, it pumps a hundred thousand times every day, circulating 2,000 gallons through 60,000 miles of arteries, capillaries and veins.” Wow! And that’s only a fraction of the wonder! Our brains are another thing to consider. “It has 10 billion nerve cells, to record what it sees and hears and feels. Can you imagine! 10 BILLION nerve cells! The brain’s capabilities surpass any manmade computer. And then consider the chromosomes…Did you know that a single microscopic human chromosome contains 20 billion bits of information?! How much information is 20 billion bits? Let me try to put it into perspective for you…Let’s assume that there are six letters in an average word. That same information (20 billion bits) would correspond to about 500 million words. Assuming 300 words a page as an average, that would translate to 2 million pages. And assuming 500 pages a book, that would correspond to 4,000 books! So, do you get the picture? Imagine a library of 4,000 500-page books. One microscopic human chromosome contains as much information as in all of those books! Incredible, isn’t it?! It shows the intricacy of our bodies, the exquisitely designed construction of our bodies. We are a very complex and wonderfully functioning organism.” This is why David says “Your works are wonderful, I know that full well” When was the last time you stopped to contemplate the complexity of creation and marvel at what God has made? Not only is it amazing, but to think that it all works without a thought. Right now your heart is pumping and you don’t have to tell it to. It’s pumping keeping you alive by providing life-giving oxygen to every cell in your body. Imagine if we had to consciously tell our hearts to pump, which on average is 110,000 beats per day or over 40 million per year. If we did it’s probably all we would get done. Think about your breathing, we breathe in, we breathe out, and you probably didn’t even think about that a minute ago until I said something. We do it automatically, without thinking even while we sleep. David goes on to say in verse 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” Our frame is the bony skeleton and the muscles and sinews that hold us all together. Without it we would have no structure, we would be but blobs.  “the secret place” refers to the womb where we were woven together. “Woven together” means embroidered, like a work of fine needlepoint, or a tapestry woven together by a skilled artist. We have been marvelously made by the Master, intricately knit together in the our mother’s womb. I want to encourage you to take some time today to not only ponder God’s marvelous creation but also to praise Him for who He made when He made you. Because God doesn’t make junk.

 

 

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