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Psalm 139:14-16
Commentary By Pastor Ron Beckham

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The Test

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:14-16)

God is more than simply real…He’s actively with and within you, revealing Himself…and you are His creation. You may not see Him with your eyes or hear Him with human ears but His Holy Spirit enables us to see without eyes and hear though we are deaf. He is God and we are His intended. Know it or not, He loves you and gives to you continually.

My wife and I have grown to love the little book called, “Jesus calling,” by Sarah Young. Each morning we read it aloud and share its devotionals, followed by a reading of Scripture. The blurb on the back cover of “Jesus Calling” states: “In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart.” That’s how we start our day…with “Jesus Calling.” The devotion dated January 19th includes: “My Nature is to bless. Your nature is to receive with thanksgiving.” That answers the “Why?” to a lot of life’s questions. Many try to be the giver, and those in need look to people for help, not recognizing that it is God who gives everything. Only He sees completely that our deepest need is to receive—Him.

People enter wrong relationships and bad situations, giving and receiving what was not intended—and later wonder—“Why did this happen to me?” People find jobs that pay the bills but fritter the job away, wasting the employer’s time. Why does it happen? Policemen, soldiers and others are needed all over the world to protect us from ourselves. Nations invade other nations, and you wonder: How did the world get into such a mess?

An answer is the statement, “My nature is to bless…your nature is to receive…” We were created with an ache, a missing part only found through faith in the Giver of all things. We were “fearfully and wonderfully made” with a built-in need to trust in the Lord and discover His grace. But we resist because He is infinitely large and utterly strong. He knows everything about all we have ever done. God uses His attributes on our behalf, but we misunderstand His intentions. People fear Him, pretend He doesn’t exist and yet the need for Him is very real.

Human beings everywhere try to deal with this need to trust in Him. It has to be filled somehow and most go to all the wrong things and the wrong people. The result is that the jails are full, divorces occur, governments are toppled and it’s so simple—we will only be satisfied by God’s grace, His unmerited favor, given through faith in the Lord.

The writer of Psalm 139 was David, the shepherd boy who became a musician, warrior, poet, king and prophet. He made a lot of mistakes and you might wonder why God loved and blessed this man so much. The answer is that “the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the 'heart'” (1 Samuel 16:7). You can see something of David’s heart in today’s Scripture: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:14-16). For all his mistakes, David recognized the truth that his body, mind, his ability to walk, play music, converse with others and hear them… everything he was…and is, for he did not cease to exist when he left this planet… everything, his very existence was and is God’s loving creation. David became complete through simple faith in the Lord.

What about you? Are you “fearfully and wonderfully made?” You might emphatically say “No!” because you were born into the “wrong” circumstances… you’re too tall, too short, maybe not so good-looking, poor, your hair is falling out, you have acne, and more. You might be blind or nearly so, deaf to some extent and have cancer or some other disease. You may have suffered abuse or be experiencing it right now.

What David understood and we tend to miss, is that all our imperfections, limitations and bad situations are allowed by God for a purpose—to show us our need of Him. I have to inform you about something you may have noticed: Within one hundred years or so from your birth, you won’t be here anymore. Earth is a temporary training ground to decide what we will be in eternity. Life is a test where the only possible answers are “true” or “false” and we choose our future by placing “T” or “F” after each question. Let’s take it now (it’s an open book quiz):

1) God is everlasting (Psalm 90:1-2, Habakkuk 3:6).
2) He is your Creator (Genesis 1:27, Colossians 1:16-17).
3) You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
4) Everything you have and are belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26).
5) He sent His Son to save you (Isaiah 9:6, John 3:16)
6) Salvation is through faith in the Lord (Genesis 15:6, Ephesians 2:8-9).
There are many questions in Scripture and the answers we need are found there, but how did you do in answering these? We are sinners, by the way, so let’s add:
7) God forgives sin (1 John 1:8-9, Romans 6:23).
Remember that all seven are statements, but also questions we must answer.

David had less information than we do, but he looked to the Lord in faith and passed the test. Oddly most behave like teachers who do the grading, but it’s the other way around. God is the Teacher. We are little children who need—everything. Jesus said, “unless you become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). As in “Jesus Calling” for January 19th, His “Nature is to bless. Your nature is to receive with thanksgiving.” No matter how you look in the mirror, you are beautiful to God. If you have sinned, you are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ’s death for you. Let’s pass the test by trusting in Him:

Father, I believe You created me to be wonderful in Your sight. All I am and have is Yours. You sent Jesus Christ to save me. I confess my sins and place my faith in the Lord. I am Yours—thanks for helping me pass the test. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries

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