Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Date: PM
Text: Psalm 139:13-16
Psalters: 392, 425, 382, 383
Sacrament of Baptism
  1. Truly a miracle.
    1. God’s omniscience and omnipresence makes the forming of the human body to be one of “Thy works.”
      1. Thus we are God’s beautiful handiwork; NOT the result of fate or chance or mother nature.
      2. God’s knowledge is intimate and causal.
      3. Even before God began forming the human body in the womb, his omniscience has a “book” (Psalm 139:16).
    2. All-knowing God possesses (acquires knowledge) of our “reins” (Psalm 139:13), i.e., the kidneys.
    3. God’s work is “curiously wrought” (Psalm 139:15), i.e., woven together with unbelievable wisdom.
    4. Our “substance” (Psalm 139:15) refers to our potentialities or capabilities which manifest themselves later in life.
  2. The wondrous formation of each human in the depth of the womb evokes a multitude of reasons for praise.
    1. With the psalmist we know “right well” (Psalm 139:14) the greatness of this miracle.
      1. This knowledge is “too wonderful” (Psalm 139:6) so that we cannot be silent or expressionless.
      2. In fact, David expresses his desire to praise God as a resolution: “I will ...” – which he is already doing!
    2. Other implications.
      1. God’s omniscience of our bodies in the womb indicates His knowledge of the whole of our life.
      2. His knowledge of us physically assures us of His wise and wonderful work on us spiritually.
      3. God’s formation of the human body indicates that He forms and cares for the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:12).
    3. Praise Him!