"I Will Praise Thee"

June 4, 2011

In Psalm 139, God gives to us His mind concerning our bodies. Since He made our bodies, to view our bodies as He would want us to view them is vital. To that end, consider this: how would you compare God’s work of making our bodies to His other works?

Now compare your thoughts with the revelation of God in Psalm 139. When the Holy Spirit wanted to reveal to us the mind of God about our bodies, He did not think that one word was sufficient. He piled up three striking words one upon another in quick succession in the same verse to indicate the magnificence of His work in creating the human body: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

A carefully examination of each of these three words highlights the importance of our having a proper viewpoint of our bodies:

(1) “Fearfully” – “The same Hebrew word . . . and the same idea of God’s infinite power, being such as to inspire reverential fear, occurs in Ps. lxv. 5; 2 Sam. vii. 23.” (A Commentary, Vol. II, 395) When we consider our bodies, are we moved to an awe of God? Does the fear of God come upon us when we think about our bodies? Does the fear of God control our decisions pertaining to our bodies?

(2) “Wonderfully” – Do we recognize the extraordinary nature of our bodies? Have we ever been gripped with astonishment and wonder at what God has done in making our bodies?

(3) “Marvellous” – God uses this same word in Psalm 119:18 about what is in His Word, and in Psalm 118:23, He uses this same word to speak of His work in raising Christ from the dead! How many of us view what God has done in making our bodies as being even remotely at the same level as what He has done in these other works of His?

Let us praise our God for His wondrous work of making our bodies the way He has!

Rajesh

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