ODJ: beautiful tapestry

December 4, 2014 

READ: Psalm 139:1-24 

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it (v.14).

According to an Italian newspaper, more and more immigrants are asking for plastic surgery so they can look more ‘Western’. Some Asians are requesting procedures to reshape eyes and make them rounder; some Africans are undergoing procedures to reduce the size of their lips and reshape their bodies; other ethnicities of darker skin colours are undergoing procedures to lighten their skin because lighter skin is associated with success. These individuals, who aren’t satisfied with their appearances, would probably find it difficult to sing David’s song in Psalm 139.

David recognised that God’s intimate knowledge of him was so complete that it began even before he was born. God sovereignly watched over him as he grew in his mother’s womb (vv.13,15). Though he was hidden from human view within his mother’s body, he wasn’t hidden from the all-seeing gaze of God (v.16). When David thought about God’s intimate knowledge of him and His thorough control over of the entire process of his development, it led him to be in awe and wonder at the complexity and beauty of God’s workmanship—every minute physical detail of his body (v.14). David’s eyes, lips, pigmentation, body type and entire existence were not mistakes that needed to be altered, but gifts from God that needed to be acknowledged.

Let’s join David in his song of praise to God. Like one who weaves a beautiful tapestry, God created every part of our bodies with amazing detail, intention and diversity. He made us the way we are. We’re the beautiful, wonderful and complex workmanship of His hand. May our response to His awesome work include thanksgiving (v.14), loyalty (vv.19-22) and humble surrender (vv.23-24). —Marvin Williams

365-day plan› Philippians 3:1-21

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and think about the implications of your body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. 
What makes it difficult for you to thank God for the way He’s woven you together? How will you thank God today for the beautiful tapestry He wove together when He created you? How will you honour Him with your body this week?