“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Ps 139:13-16 NLT)
This month marks the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision commonly known as Roe v. Wade. In its ruling, the court decided that a woman has the legal right to choose, for whatever reason, to end the life of her unborn child. Those who agree with this decision argue that it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’ and therefore such supporters are often said to be ‘Pro-Choice.’ On the other hand, there are those who argue that it is wrong for anyone to end the life of an innocent child. Opponents of abortion are often said to be “Pro-Life” and in favor of a child’s right to live over a woman’s right to choose. According to the National Right to Life Organization – 93% of the 3,700 daily abortions in the US are done for social reasons (unready for child responsibility, can’t afford the child, single motherhood, etc.). Only 7% of the abortions in America are done for issues of rape, incest or health.
I love the way the King James Version translates part of Psalm 139 – “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” With these words, David reveals to us two very important truths. The first truth focuses on God as the Creator and the second truth focuses on us as the creation.
(1) God as the Creator – We are “fearfully made”
The phrase ‘fearfully made’ focuses on the majesty of the Creator. As many of you know, whenever we find the word ‘fear’ in the Bible, it can refer to those who are afraid or to those who are in awe. To be fearfully made does not mean that David is afraid of his creation, but rather that he is in awe of his Creator. When he considered the complexity of his life and the fact that God Himself was the one who formed him in his mother’s womb, David was struck with awe and forced to bow himself before God and give Him worship. The Bible teaches us that unborn babies are not ‘things’ that someone can choose to abort. They are products of a divine Creator.
(2) Man as the creation – We are “wonderfully made”
The phrase ‘wonderfully made’ focuses on the making of the creation. Most of us struggle with something about our bodies. We’re either too tall, too short, too big or too small. Some wish that their hair was thicker and their waste was thinner; their legs longer and their nose shorter. Yet according to scripture, we all are wonderfully made. To be wonderfully made means to be ‘distinctly’ made. We are who we are because God has knitted us together in our mother’s womb. Added to that is God’s involvement in our lives even after our birth. According to David, every moment of every day of our life has already been laid out and recorded in God’s divine book, even before a single day of it comes to pass.
The Bible teaches us that life comes from God and therefore it belongs to Him and Him alone. No one has the right to choose something that is contrary to His will. January 23 will be “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” Please pray for our services as we prepare for a special Sunday on which we will celebrate God’s gift of life.
Devotion by Terry Covey