“For You have possessed my reins; You have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you—for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows right well. My substance was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect—and in Your Book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
He designed, named and numbered every one of them.
That’s what David was trying to say about our bodily parts when he penned today’s Manna. Even though he knew little about the ins-and-outs of gynecology, reproductive systems and terminology, DNA and molecular structure, etc., he knew this:
That we are “fearfully (Heb. ‘yare’—‘to revere, stand in awe of, etc.’) and wonderfully (Heb. ‘palah’—‘to distinguish between, differentiate, separate, set apart, etc.’) made.”
And, the One Who created us knows everything about us—and loves us more than we can ever know. Glory!!
Again, there were no sonograms in David’s day. They could not peer into the quiet darkness of a mother’s womb and see a 3-D picture of the developing child.
They only knew something wonderfully mysterious happened after a woman became pregnant. And, for nine months they stood in awe at the handiwork of God as she felt the child moving, turning and kicking within her.
And, then the day came for her to be delivered.
They had midwives in those days, but there was no anesthesia, birthing wards or neonatal units. They just knew they had to be ready when the labor pains started and hoped the baby and mother would survive.
When the child did emerge, they laughed and cried. As the new mother cradled the tiny baby in her arms. . .nursing him and gently touching his face. . .counting his fingers and toes. . .she wept and the family wept with her—for a new life had come into the world!
How we need to return to this level of simple joy that reminds us of how great our Creator is and how special we are in His sight! And, maybe, just maybe, the “enlightened ones” in life would cease calling the developing baby by such technical terms as fetus, zygote, embryo, etc., and casually/callously aborting this precious child and thinking nothing about it.
Even though we can now explain all of the ins-and-outs about pregnancy and physiological makeup, we still need to stand in awe of a God Who can create us in such a marvelous and unique way. Only He could orchestrate the union of sperm and egg, its fertilization and division and cause it to emerge as a living, thinking, speaking, moving, reproducing human being some nine months later. Isn’t our God a great God? Why not pause right now and thank Him for making you so special and wanting to spend eternity with you?
By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated December 9, 2010