by Erin Bird
Today we will conclude our three-week series on three truths from Psalm 139, one of my favorite psalms. So far we have seen through this famous psalm that you are intimately known as well as spiritually safe. Now, we get to celebrate the truth that you are deeply loved by God.
Today’s portion (verses 13-18) is possibly the most famous part of Psalm 139. You hear it when Christians defend the rights of the unborn. You hear it used to encourage someone who is struggling with their self-worth. But even though it is fairly famous, it is still worth taking the time to read again (or maybe for the first time!):
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you. (Psalm 139:13-18)
Infatuated with Love
When some people “love” something, whether a rock band, a type of food, a movie franchise, or even another person, they want to know everything about that person or topic they can. It might be more accurate, though, to say this “love” is actually infatuation. But if you have ever been in a serious relationship (whether it resulted in marriage or not), you know that at some point your infatuation moved to a true deep level of love, yet you still longed to know more and more about the other person.
When we read verses 13 through 18, we see David acknowledging the truth that God is “infatuated” with him, knowing everything there was to know about Israel’s famous king. From the very day of David’s conception, God had been intimately and intricately putting David together. This means God knew everything about David. He knew David’s past in his mother’s womb (verses 13-15), David’s future (verse 16), and even David’s present DNA.
And yet, this doesn’t scare David. It helps David feel loved. Just knowing God knows everything about him causes David to burst out “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!” (verse 17)
But God didn’t have these feelings or this approach just with David. God has these exact same thoughts and feelings towards you! God knows you – your past, your present, and your future – and He fully loves you. You are His masterpiece! (Ephesians 2:10) He rejoices over you with singing! (Zephaniah 3:17) You are deeply loved. And He has loved you from the moment He began to knit you together in your mother’s womb.
So may you be encouraged today knowing that no matter what you have done or what you might be going through, God loves you. He has seen all your days, and He has redeemed each and every one of those days through the cross because of His deep abiding love for you.