13 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16 ESV).
Psalm 139:13 says that the LORD intricately created and crafted each human being during the nine month gestational period. This creative craftsmanship is supported by science. Logically, it supports the idea of a master craftsman.
David’s response to this truth is found in Psalm 139:14. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
David’s response is praise. The Hebrew word for praise is yadah. It means to give a public confession of praise for a person acts of power. Attention is also given to the person giving the praise and thanksgiving (1Ch 29:13).
Why does David praise the LORD? It is because God made him; fearfully and wonderfully. Fearfully (yā·rē) means reverence and respect. Wonderfully made (pā·lā(h) refers to that which is extraordinary.
David’s conclusion is that Yahweh’s work in creating humankind is wonderful. This knowledge David exceedingly possesses within the center of his being.
“Psalm 139:13–16 paints a vivid picture of God’s intimate involvement with a preborn person. God created David’s “inward parts” not at birth, but before birth. David says to his Creator, “You knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (v. 13). Each person, regardless of his parentage or handicap, has not been manufactured on a cosmic assembly line, but personally formed by God,” explains Christian author Randy Alcorn.
Both Job and the Prophet Isaiah describe the way the LORD created them before they, and Israel, were born.
8 Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. 9 Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust? 10 Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? 11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. 12 You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.” (Job 10:8–12 (ESV)
“But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen! 2 Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.” (Isaiah 44:1–2 (ESV)
“The most significant thing about abortion legislation in Biblical law is that there is none. It was so unthinkable that an Israelite woman should desire an abortion that there was no need to mention this offense in the criminal code.” All that was necessary to prohibit an abortion was the command, “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13). Every Israelite knew that the preborn child was a child. So do we, if we are honest. We all know a pregnant woman is “carrying a child,” explains theologian Meredith George Kline.
Remember, each person, regardless of his parentage or handicap, has not been manufactured on a cosmic assembly line, but personally formed by God. Like David, may each of us understand this truth in our soul.
Soli deo Gloria!