Psalm 139: 13-18 Made In Heaven

Psalm 139: 13-18 Made In Heaven

Psalm 139 is a very personal song of praise and devotion to God.  It comes across as a very intimate song from a person who knows God really well and feels able to open his or her heart to God and express a very personal love to God.

 

It seems like the Psalmist has no hesitation in communicating with God and revealing the deepest feelings in his or her heart.   The Psalmist speaks to God in such an open way that seems to suggest a very close relationship, perhaps even beyond the realms of friendship – it seems deeper than just a good friend.  Closer perhaps to a deep love.

 

The Psalmist lays his or her heart open to God from the very beginning:

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

   you discern my thoughts from far away.

 

No barriers.  No walls.  God knows me intimately.  “You know all there is to know about me.”  And as the words flow, the relationship seems to deepen and the Psalmist becomes even more personal.

4Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.

 

“Even before I speak, God you know every word that I will say.  “Even as I think, you know every thought in my head.”

 

Some might say that sounds scary – but it speaks to me of a sense of total and absolute trust between God and me.  A trust where every word and every thought is secret between God and me.

 

Think for a moment about Jesus and his time on earth – we know that Jesus prayed often and regularly, but only on a few special moments do we know what he said to his Father in Heaven.  He prayed openly and emotionally in Gethsemane.  He taught us how to pray.  But his prayers were very personal to him – a sign of the trust between the Son of God on earth and the Father God in Heaven.  I believe we have that same level of trust – or should I say we CAN have that same level of trust as we pray to God!

 

And as the psalm develops the amazing sense of intimacy grows.

13For it was you who formed my inward parts;

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

 

This is not a casual relationship – it is deep and very personal.  Isn’t that the relationship we want to have with God?  Totally individual and totally personal.

 

The Psalmist knows that from our conception, even before we were born, God was active in our development.  And in that development God created us to be unique.  Even amongst identical twins, each one is a unique human being.

I love the way the psalmist says that you and I were created as God weaved together all the parts that make up our unique personalities.  Have you ever looked at yourself and wondered why YOU have turned out the way you are?

 

Think of my Hospice office and the team that I’m part of.  A mixture!

We have sales reps (marketers) who spend their lives knocking on doctors’ door seeking referrals.  We have Registered Nurses who visit pts 1, 2, 3, times a week, or daily, and who liaise directly with our Medical Director who is always on-call; Aides who bathe and change laundry.  Social worker, Manager of Patient Care, Executive director. A  Chaplain!

Each one different and each one necessary.

 

All created by God and wonderfully made.  “Made in Heaven.”

 

God made us for a purpose.  Each one of us was crafted by God – knitted together to made a unique personality, and each one of us with a purpose in life, past, present and future.

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God is always active in us, and we must be active too.  To achieve that we must:

 

  1. Be open to God.

It is not easy to be open to anyone and I suggest it can be very difficult to be open to God.  We are used to being private.  To keeping our thoughts to ourselves.  And most of the time when we pray we do so in our heads.

 

2  Be myself before God.

There must be times when we think to ourselves: “Why am I me?  Why do I think the way I do?  Why do I?  Why do I have the personality that I have?

 

  1. Be unique before God.

Recognize the gifts God has given you, and ask yourself:

Am I still serving God?

Am I using those gifts?

Am I getting still and tired?

Allow that uniqueness to shine in your life.

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Post Script:  A personal quote – a statement to God.

13It was you who formed my inward parts;

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.