October 6, 2017 – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, According to God’s Plan- Isaiah 26:4, Psalm 139:1-18

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Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4 (NRSV)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!  I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end__I am still with you.  Psalm 139:1-18 (NRSV)

This week we have been discussing the Sacrament of Baptism. God makes a covenant with us in our Baptism that is rather one sided.  It is all about what God does for us and how He comes to us. He chooses us and makes us His own.

While human beings have freedom to make choices- and probably because human beings have been given that freedom- God makes provision for us to restore us, to draw us to Him, to fulfill the purpose He created us for, even though He knows we will not always make the best choices.

In Baptism God affirms His role as our Creator, our Life-Giver, our Savior, and the Lover of our souls.

Have we ever taken time to meditate and pray upon the reality that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by the Hand of God, and that He always is in us, with us and surrounding us?

 

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