Before we begin our descent from the Majestic Mountains of Purpose in Psalm 139 I want to visit King David’s spontaneous praise in verse fourteen.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
This outburst of praise was the result of David’s heart being washed with wave after wave of revelation of the LORD’s kindness and care. David has traveled through the understanding that God knowing him in every way and everywhere. He has found God to be faithfully gracious at every turn. Now as God describes David’s prenatal development in such intimate terms it is too much for his heart to sit still with a closed mouth.
King David, the psalmist of Israel, cries out to his God and King with the sweetest praise his mind can express. It is the last line that tells us why David exploded with joyous praise, “my soul knows it very well.”
Have the words of Psalm 139 begun to sink into your soul? Have you begun to pray it, sing it or memorize it? I ask this not to shame you but to remind you of the journey we are taking. My prayer is not for us to be amazed at David’s experience, but to engraft the love of God into our hearts.
The Apostle Peter in his second letter says it clearly. He explains why we need to intentionally process God’s word into our hearts as we had learned in Proverbs 2:1-5.
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,” 2 Peter 1.
His promises are His truth as revealed in Psalm 139. God gave us His word to “partake” of His very being! The word, partake, means to share or for God’s nature to become part of you. If we eat the word like the Bread of Life and tend our hearts like a spiritual garden we will become more Christ–like. It happened to the shepherd boy, David, and it can happen to us too!
Reflect on this passage one more time….
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
I pray that through the word we all partake of Jesus deeply and often. Please pray for one another with me.
Observation: David’s praise was an expression of his soul being filled with God’s love.
Interpretation: God’s truth is of little value to us unless we partake of it through a meditative process. To be transformed into Christ-likeness we need His nature engrafted into our hearts.
Application Prayer: Father God, Thank you for your word. Teach me how to eat it daily. Help me to not just be a hearer of the word but a receiver of your very nature. I yield my heart and mind to your word. … in Jesus Name, Amen.
What is your take away?