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Psalm 139:11-16 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 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.
1) Who is writing this Psalm and why did they write it?
2) What contrasting imagery does the writer use in v.12 to illustrate his point?
3) What three descriptors does the writer use in this passage to show God’s awareness even before we are born?
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The Findings for Original Intent
1) Psalm 139 was written by David. Keep in mind a lot of Psalms where actual hymns that were sung in worship services. David, throughout this Psalm, wants to remind the reader that God is aware. He is there in our lowest lows and highest highs. God has intimate knowledge of His creation even before we were born. David makes it clear that there is nowhere God is not. He is both omnipresent (everywhere) and omniscient (all knowing).
2) In continuing to iterate his point, David uses the analogy of light and darkness. David says, “even the darkness is not dark to you”. In our dark moments and seasons God’s light and hope permeate. The truth is God is there and He is aware!
3) In v. 14, David says, “you formed my inwards parts…you knitted me together”, in v. 15, he says, “my frame was not hidden from you”, and in v. 16, “your eyes have seen my unformed substance.” God sees! Even before we were intricately woven by an Almighty Creator, He saw us. David repeats three times in this passage that God uniquely designed and created each one us with thought and precision. (Check out Addie’s story!)
Some Applications for Our Everyday Lives
1) David clearly wanted the reader to understand that God is in control. Circumstances, trials, and the unknown do not control what we know to be true. In moments of doubt and fear, God reminds us through David’s words that our Heavenly Father created us, protects us, and knows us intimately!
2) Light and dark are tangible analogies that can be understood. We know darkness and its capability to consume but God’s light is brighter, bigger, and more powerful than the darkest night. It will not overwhelm but even the darkness is subject to God Almighty!
3) “In the beginning God created….” Genesis 1;1. This world and our circumstances do not change God’s character. As a father loves a child, so our Heavenly Father created us and loves us. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14). Praise God for His thought, His vision, and His intimate nature with which He chose before the foundation of the world to frame us in His image. (Genesis 1:27)
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