Third Movement: He Is All-Powerful (Omnipotence)

For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I am unique in remarkable ways… My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all [my] days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began. God, how difficult Your thoughts are for me [to comprehend]; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with You (Psalm 139 vv. 13-18).

God is all knowing, ever present, and all-powerful! These verses describing reproduction are among the most touching and tender in all the Bible. Realizing that he has been “fearfully and wonderfully made, David considers God’s orchestration of his own conception and development: “You knit me together in my mother’s womb.. .. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret… Your eyes saw me when I was formless” (vv. 13, 15-16).

God is fully cognizant of the union of sperm and egg, the attachment of the embryo to the uterine lining, and the development of that tiny life according to his timetable.

This passage gives every human being a remarkable basis for self-worth. From the moment of conception, God is present, and through every phase of development thereafter. How can people decide to abort what God deems so precious and valuable? The human embryo is not the result of a biological accident, no matter what the circumstances. Rather, it embraces the image of God and is not to be equated with junk or trash to be discarded! God presides over the mysteries of human reproduction. All life has meaning and eternal significance.

Personal Prayer

O Lord, I praise you for creating my inmost being. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

A Contemporary Song

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and wonderfully made,

I’m unique, one of a kind,

Fearfully and wonderfully made,

My beginning was God’s design.

He was with me before my birth

And formed my being with care,

I’m a person of infinite worth-

A masterpiece beyond compare!

Words and music by Don Wyrtzen © 1984 Singspiration Music,

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