Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
King David of Israel was a mighty man and ruler. God called him a man after His own heart, although God had to completely humble him in order to help him gain victory over his sexual addiction. But through it all, of the significant things we do learn about David through his story of tragedy and victory is that he dearly loved his children…often to a fault! Part of his love and passion was a fascination with God’s amazing creation process during the conception and growth of the infant within the womb. While meditating over this miraculous process through which a person forms within the mother, he wrote some very inspiring words which have been preserved for us to read in the 139th Psalm:
For You formed my inward parts; you 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 very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
Today, we know so much more about the miraculous process that comes together to form the child that David had no idea about. We can say even more so that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”with discoveries like cell replication and complex systems and even DNA. But then again David presents profound concepts that most of us have never thought of! Before we were formed in the woumb…before God began the process of covering us with skin…before there was even the egg or the sperm…God looked at unformed matter in the Earth itself…the very rocks “in the lowest parts of the earth”…and saw the very grains of soil that would be part of our bones and flesh! So with God “conception” begins in the mind of God, not in the formation of the fetus, or even the circumstance of the sex!
God is often questioned when someone gets violently raped and conception happens as a result. Some people say, “Why did God not prevent the pregnancy? And shouldn’t that be a justified situation for someone to abort the child with this stigma? David answers these questions: he says God has fearfully and wonderfully made us, even when the cause of the conception resulted through what could be nothing other than a demonically inspired assault with evil intent. For those who’s focus is on the short segment of Eternity that is this present life, such an idea seems wrong because we are so preoccupied with enjoying life now. Those focused on Eternal Life come to understand such “handicaps” as these were permitted by God to “work a far greater weight of glory in us” (2 Corinthians 4:17). I think of a beautiful lady by the name of Rebecca Kiessling who has impacted thousands of lives for God’s glory through her story of being conceived in rape and of her mothers efforts to have her aborted. I thank God her mother’s efforts were unsuccessful. There are many such stories of those making a difference in lives today who were illegitimate for some reason. God saw you and I and Rebecca when granite rocks rubbed against each other and tiny grains broke away. He saw in those grains some of the matter that would make up our bodies! That dirt eventually became part of the nutrients that were in the food that our mothers ate, and eventually became part of our very bodies. Yet God could look at the rock and see us in it even before then, knowing every particle that was intended to be part of us! As David says, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain it.” (Psalm 139:6)
Rebecca Kiessling: Except in cases of rape? www.rebeccakiessling.com