Do you know who and what you are?
June 2, 2012
You are a wonder. God’s creation, fearfully and wonderfully made. You’re awesome.
In one of the most beloved psalms, Psalm 139, the humble shepherd David, who would become king, sang these words to God, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully made and your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My wish for you is that you take these words to heart, deeply to heart. Imbed them in the soul and mind of your being. I wish that you would know that full well.”
At the end of psalm 139, David then asks God to take over as his shepherd and king. He says, “Search me, O God and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See (watch out) if there is any offensive way (that grieves you) in me and lead me in the way (path of life) everlasting.”
David wants God to be more than his copilot; he’s letting him drive the bus. He wants God to make sure he behaves properly and lives a good life. David knew what a wonderful, restored life would be available if he followed such a path as he said, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices, you will not abandon me to the grave. You have made known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. ” (Psalms 16:11)
I believe that also means for God to caution us when we’re critical of ourselves or guilty of low self esteem (an “offensive way”). An old saying, from somewhere in the sixties of my mind says, “God don’t make no junk.”
How about taking a new point of view? Paul writes these words to the Christian Church in Corinth, “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. Behold (notice and pay attention) the old has passed away. The new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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Need a fresh look at yourself? Want some help? How about a visual aid? When it’s night and dark (as life sometimes gets) step outside and gaze into the sky. Recall that you are “fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully made.” Ponder some more words from David. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers the moon and the stars which you have set in place, I ask myself what am I that you are mindful of me? I realize and am amazed that You made me a little lower than the heavenly beings and have crowned me with glory and honor. You made us to rule over the works of your hands and put everything under our feet, the flocks and herds, birds of the air, and beasts of the field (paraphrase of Psalm 8).
When the sun is out, take a look at our wonderful, snow melting mountains. Look at the grand creation that God made. Hear some more words of the psalmist, “I look up at the hills and mountains and ask myself, ‘Where does my help come from? I answer, ‘The Lord who has made the heaven and the earth, and those mountains. He won’t let me slip up. He watches over me 24 x 7 (Paraphrase of psalm 121).
When this begins to set in, and work on you, could I offer a suggestion? Close with these words, “O Lord, my Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
Pastor Bill Baltz is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association