In a world in which there is no firm ground on which to build identity, Psalm139 offers me incredible authenticity and incredible freedom. Let me explain.
Psalm 139 tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The Creator knit my DNA, my chromosomes, my body, together in my mother’s womb. I sense the world around me and relate to it. I connect with others. I imagine possibilities and work to achieve them. My ability to do all this is firmly grounded in the body God fashioned for me. Accepting that my body is God’s very good creation gives me incredible authenticity.
But my desires don’t always align with what my body is able to do. As a kindergartener, I could barely contain my excitement when my class was invited to sing on the radio. I was crushed when my teacher told me, “You may come with us to the studio. You may mouth the words of the song, but you must not sing.” Sadly, I couldn’t carry a tune.
Psalm 139 tells me that the Creator knows me better than I know myself! He understands how I think. How I feel. How I move. He knows my deep disappointments. He is with me in the highs and lows, the joys and hurts. I can share raw feelings and uncensored thoughts with this awesome Creator, the God who loves me and gave his life for me. Amazingly, humility and hope accompany this incredible freedom.
From the musical “The Majesty of the Maker” this video is scrolling playback of a song based on Psalm 139.
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