For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13 | NIV (1984) | Other Versions | Context
There are 24 verses in Psalm 139, with 4 stanzas of 6 verses each, and was a psalm credited to David. With each stanza of verses, David seemed to be answering the question of ‘who am I’ – and in Psalm 139:13, the answer is, we are God’s creation – we were created by God, and that is our identity, our hope and our comfort.
For you created my inmost being – It is easy to say that God created us. But it is rather difficult to understand that God created our inmost being – every single part of our body, every single system and machine of the human body. Every organ, every cell, every hair; from the tips of our heads, to the depths of our intestines, to the complexities of our brains. And that’s not all, he created this amazing thing called emotions, enabling us to have feelings – he knows not only our physical being, but also our emotional being. He knows how we think, how we feel, how we express ourselves. He understands us like no one ever does, even more so than we ourselves.
Because God created us, he knows us. Because God knows us, he will protect us. He knows how to give us the best that we can have. He knows the best way to give us what we desire. He knows what’s good for us. He knows what’s bad for us. Because he didn’t just create the human shell – he created our inmost beings too.
you knit me together in my mother’s womb – A friend of mine picked up knitting recently, and to be honest, it’s not something I understand. It’s quite amazing how a ball of thread or line or whatever it’s called + 2 sticks can be transformed into a scarf, a sweater or anything at all. The process of God creating us is probably quite similar – intricate and amazing. God knows us. He knows us today – he understands us. He knew us when we were younger, in our rebellious streaks, thinking ‘nobody understands me!’ He knew us when we were in our mothers’ wombs, where he knit us together, formed us, shaped us, sculpted us. He knew us even before we were in our mothers’ wombs. God knows us, just as he had always known us, and he will continue to understand us. And because God is God, he won’t waste this knowledge that he has of us. He knows, and because he knows, he will protect us. Because he knows us, what we are, who we are, what we desire, what we excel in, what we can do – He will give us the best that we can ever have. Because he knows us.
Let us seek solace in our maker. Let us find comfort in our creator. He knitted us. That’s saying more than he created us or that he made us. We may not understand our maker, granted, more often than not we are unable to understand him – As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things [Ecc 11:5]. More often than not, we don’t understand too many things, even ourselves. We’ll probably never understand the extent of how amazing it really is when God created us.
Let us stand in awe of our Creator’s greatness. And along the way, let us strengthen ourselves together.
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