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Devotional: April 6, 2022

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.

Psalm 139: 13-16 The Message

Spending time around a baby is one of the most amazing blessings of life! To see this tiny human being, whom you pray will grow to become an adult someday, is to sense truly being in the presence of one of the greatest of all miracles.

In Psalm 139, King David rejoices over the way in which God the Creator formed him, even before he was born! He appreciates the intricacies and complexities of the human body, knowing that they give witness to the genius creator: God Himself!

Jeana and I try to spend as much time as possible with our first grandson Logan, who will soon be six months old. It is a wonder to us to watch him grow and change, with every visit! He is developing a charming little personality, with a twinkle in his baby blue eyes! Yet I am even more in awe of every detail the Lord has attended to, even before little Logan was born.

We can look at statues that have been crafted by some of the finest artists throughout centuries and be impressed. Yet the artistry of the Lord, the one who sculpts with muscles and bones, rather than inanimate stone, is even beyond our comprehension. Every stage of life was already designed by the Lord: from conception to birth to the number of days we will live upon earth. This is almost too much for us to wrap our heads around, yet it is the divine truth.

When we take joy and rejoice in the birth of children, grand-children, and even great-grandchildren, we must remember to thank and praise the Lord for His precious gifts. As one observer noted, “the birth of a child is a sign that God wants the world to go on.”

Today, rejoice in God’s wonderful creative and redeeming power!

Prayer

Creator God, and Lord of all,

I praise You for all of Your works, including me! Let me never take for granted Your blessings, including the blessing of life itself. Forgive me when I lose my focus upon You, and believe that I am in control. Instead, let me offer You praise. As King David reminds us all, we all are “fearfully and wonderfully made”! I pray this prayer in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


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