13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16 NIV)
Do all people’s lives have meaning and value? Is the value of my life tied to what I am able to accomplish, what I look like, or my valuable possessions? Or, could it be that my life is valuable and meaningful because of something all together different? I’m afraid that, for most people, they gauge the value of their life, or their self-worth, by how they look, how other’s perceive them, or what they do, but the Psalmist gives me insight into a truth much more powerful and lasting.
My life has intrinsic value simply because I have been created by the God of Glory. I am more than a product of my mother and father’s union, more than anything I could ever accomplish or how other’s “value” me. I am a product of God’s tender hands which took the time to knit me together in my mother’s womb. This is such an important truth for all of us to learn. It gives value to all of life, every person, not just those who are high fashion models, MIT graduates, or those who are accomplished at some skill that society attaches great value to in our day.
Not only does this truth reassure me that my life matters apart from anything I do, but Psalm 139:16 gives me the confidence to be able to live free from fear concerning the days to come. David writes, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” This past week I spoke at the Memorial Service for a friend of mine who battled cancer for 7 long years. Multiple surgeries, a stroke, chemo, radiation…who wants to face hardships like that? It would be easy for us to get caught up in fear rather than trusting God for the days ahead regardless of what they hold.
Becoming aware of the struggles of other people’s lives can lead to an obsessive fear about what the future might hold for our own lives. Psalm 139:16 can empower me to live free from anxiety and fear concerning what might happen in the future. He knows every day I will live. He knows the very moment He will take me home. I can live today knowing His love will accompany me from the womb to the tomb.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will live this day knowing that my life has meaning and value simply because You created me. You have given me life so that I might live with confidence in Your Sovereign plan for my life.