Together in Christ: 'When God Makes Us a Person' — Psalm 139:13-16

Sunday, March 3, 2024

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.

— Psalm 139:13-16 NLT

Key Thought

Psalm 139 helps us answer the crucial question, "When is a person fully a person?" This psalm was given to us as God's people to say aloud and remind us who and Whose we are. It is a powerful declaration that there is never a moment in our lives when God is not close to us. [1] In reassuring us of this essential relational truth, we also confess that we know when each of us was first a person in the eyes of God:

  • God watched us as He formed us in the seclusion of the womb.
  • He knew us and had a plan for our lives before we were born.
  • The Almighty made all of our bodies' delicate and inner parts.
  • He then knit each of us together in the womb of our biological mothers.

Before we were recognizable flutters in our biological mothers' wombs, God recognized each of us as the person He was fashioning into His image. [2] From conception, we were people of value, purpose, and dignity in the eyes of God. Before any other human knew we existed, our Father in heaven had a purpose for our lives and claimed us as His person! Knowing this truth about all people should lead us to always show kindness and respect to each person with whom we interact.

[1] Acts 17:24-28; Romans 8:32-39.
[2] Genesis 1:26-31.

Today's Prayer

O Father, may we be humbled to realize that You have known us from conception and will be with us through this life, death, and life forever with You. This promise is comforting and gives me the courage to live boldly for You and Your glory. Help me know how to help others see the sanctity and preciousness of each person You have created with a plan to live for You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 139:1-24
  • Romans 8:31-39

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Illustration of Psalm 139:13-16 NLT — 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.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.