God knows. God is close. God has created you! These comforting assurances are offered to us in Psalm 139. Today, we are going to reflect on how God has made us and what that means for us, His creatures.
Now normally, this blog doesn’t delve into technical theological terms, but this psalm gives us a great opportunity to grow in our understanding of the three “omni’s”+1. Traditional creedal Christianity has insisted that the Triune God, as revealed in the scriptures, is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (present everywhere). If we add a fourth “omni” to the list, omnibenevolent (always good or always loving), this psalm breaks down nicely into four parts.
This psalm began by reminding us that God knows everything. It continued by pointing out that God is always close, especially when we feel like He is far away. In this third section, where it describes the care God takes in creating each and every human being, we are shown a glimpse of His love and generosity towards us:
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.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you. (Psalm 139:13-18, ESV)
In short, life is a gift, given to us by a Creator who loves and cherishes us. You don’t have to be a person of faith to consider life a miracle. Even many secular skeptics admit that the odds of organic life ever developing anywhere in a seemingly infinite universe are remote. And yet, here we are, alive and flourishing.
Those who live with a Christ-centered worldview, see a benevolent Creator forming people and blessing them with life so that they can know His love. Without the benefit of ultrasound or X-ray, David knew that human beings are complex creatures composed of many intricate parts. As a shepherd boy turned king, he would have had no formal medical training. Maybe it was the excitement and joy of holding his own child that prompted David to praise the One who gives life.
Anyone with a tender heart, who has ever seen a fetal ultrasound or gently held a newborn baby, can’t help but feel love for the little one. Those who have taken time to learn how babies develop in the womb are even aware of how precious and vulnerable the littlest of these truly are. You are one of these children!
Sometimes it is easier for us to see how God could love others. Sometimes, we are aware of personal flaws that make it hard to love ourselves. Yes, it is true that we are no longer the perfect sons and daughters God created us to be. When we are honest and weak, we can all think of things we have done that don’t deserve the affection of an all-loving God.
Thankfully, God loves us regardless. He loves us all the same, all the time! He has given His Son Jesus to die on a cross that we may be forgiven our sins and given eternal life in Him. The same God who created humanity raised humankind from the darkness of death when Jesus burst forth from the grave. This is God’s most benevolent gift!
Much of the Church celebrates Transfiguration this Sunday. In Matthew 17:1-9, we see Jesus transfigured before three of his disciples. You could say that He underwent a metamorphosis; much like an insect is transformed when it goes from caterpillar to chrysalis to an adult butterfly. Many think that means that the disciples were able to see His divine nature in the place of His human nature, but this shallow interpretation misses the point.
The omnibenevolent God loves you, His human creation, so much that He became a human being so that you can forever be united with Him! Through Christ’s blood and by the power of the Holy Spirit, you too are being transformed. Your heart and mind are being changed in this life as you become more and more Christ-like by forgiving, loving and caring for others.
This transformation has begun now and will be completed when this life ends, and Christ takes you home to be with Him in heaven. Then you will be fully like God. We will not become God, but only when we are fully freed from sin and selfishness will we reach our full potential by being like God and finally be fully human. In eternity, we will enjoy uninterrupted life, love and goodness in the presence of our omnibenevolent, all-loving, all-good God; Who will say of you, “This is my beloved, with whom I am well pleased!”
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