INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
This is part of a series that is looking at the preciousness of life and the need for a more serious examination of the Scriptural validity of taking a human life under any circumstance. Folks, our world has devalued the taking of human life to the point the loss of human life is “no big deal” and “JUST a part of the world in which we live.”
By God’s grace, as we continue through this series, my prayer is that the Lord would open all of our spiritual eyes and come to a more complete realization of the great value of human life. Also, we need to carefully consider the results of our actions, and the circumstances surrounding the taking of human life, making sure that in each situation, the taking of life is Biblically justifiable and absolutely necessary.
Our devotional series will contain six daily devotions, all of which will emphasize the wondrous nature of the human creation and the loss inflicted upon mankind when a human life is taken from their midst…
- Thou Shalt Not Kill (Exo 20:13)
- The Glory and Honor Of Man (Psa 8:4-6)
- God’s Image & Likeness (Gen 1:26-27)
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Psa 139:14-16)
- The Minister and Witness Of These Things (Acts 26:16-17)
- Prepare To Meet Thy God (Amos 4:12)
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Psalm 139:14-16)
Psalms 139:14-17 KJV
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
Man Is “Fearfully” Made
The manner in which man was created brings both fear and reverence to his Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. The key to understanding this principle is found in the greatness of God. The creation of Man clearly reveals to us the strength, wisdom, authority, and excellence of our God. When we come to see His person and attributes more clearly, it develops a sense of awe (fear and reverence) in our hearts.
Man Is “Wonderfully” Made
The word translated “wonderfully” in this verse is the Hebrew word for “to distinguish”, or “to separate”. The way in which man was made separates him from all other parts of God’s creation and separates the Creator from all the false gods of this world. One of the greatest sources of knowledge about the greatness of our God is found in nature and man, the crowning glory of God’s creation, more clearly reveals God’s greatness than any other part of His creation.
Please notice in the context of our verse, the revelation of God through man’s creation causes man to praise Him for His greatness… “I will praise thee”.
Following the general declaration of the wonders of mankind’s creation, we find a detailed description of the manner in which man was created…
- Although conceived and existing in the womb, the unseen child is under God’s watchcare and His development… “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”
- God saw and intervened in the life of the child while he was yet developing in the womb…. “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;”
- In God’s book, God had written all the characteristics of the child before any of those characteristics could be seen. God’s book is speaking of the genetic code that came into existence at conception that would then control the child’s development within the womb and the ultimate characteristics that the child would possess… “and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
What an amazing act of God, bringing human life into this world! When we take the life of a human, we are taking a life whose creation testifies to the greatness of our God. We are bringing to a premature end that which the Lord has fearfully and wonderfully made and that is a continual testimony of His greatness. We are, in a sense, trying to undo what the Lord has brought to pass.
In our next devotional, we will be being looking at the preciousness of human life by examining man, who was is the minister and witness of these things.
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