Psalm 139 Part 3
The Love of Grace
You are not an orphan. You belong to a loving God, a caring Father. You are His child. He knows you inside and out. Whether you are 18 or 98 – you, at this very moment, are God’s precious and wholly loved baby boy or baby girl.
13For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 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 am in complete awe and wonder that, generations ago, God created me to be his adopted daughter. He waited until the perfect time to place me as a seed in my mother’s womb. I did not have the perfect childhood; not many of us did. But that troubled road helped to form me, helped me to become who I am today. Had it not been for those particular parents and those particular struggles, I would not be me, the refined silver reflecting his glory.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Isaiah 46:3 I have carried you since your birth. I’ve taken care of you from the time you were born.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart for my holy purpose.
God knew the day and hour I would respond to his call. He knew I would come to him at the perfect time. He knew how tightly my fists were clenched. He knew I needed years of refining, maturing, and yielding before I was reading to choose to embrace him, to follow him, to abide in him.
God knew all my doubts, my fears, and my questions. He provided surety, courage and answers in a way this fifty-four year old, poetry loving, elementary school teacher could understand them. He led me to trust in him even when I didn’t have the answers, to love him because he loved me first, and desire to know him more deeply each day.
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord. Plans for peace and not disaster, plans for a future filled with hope.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ephesians 2:10 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
I am more certain now than ever, a decade later, that I am his beloved daughter. I have a Father who loves me and will never leave me. He nurtures me, accepts me, shows affection for me, encourages me, instructs me and calls me to walk worthy of him. I am able to cry to him, laugh with him and rest in his loving arms.
1 Peter 4:8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Because of his great love for me, I am able to love those around me and see them through his eyes.
1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.