“It was you who formed my innermost part and knit me together in my mother’s womb”

Psalm 139:13

Friday, 17 July 2020

Psalm 139

In this Psalm, David expresses his deep understanding of God. David knew that God created every individual. God has personal knowledge of and cares for us all. David knows that the one who creates always has a special relationship with what that which was created. The reciprocal is also true for David. This prayer expresses David’s confidence in God, and confidence he believes God has in him. He sees himself as an example of God’s creative endeavours.

David speaks of how God knew him before his birth, how God was intimately involved in creating him during his conception and development in the womb. He eloquently says that God formed his innermost being and knit him together in his mother’s womb. David goes on to say that his heart praises God for the wonders and marvellous deeds God has done.

In many ways, David was a remarkably gifted man. He was a shepherd, a soldier, a hero, a poet and a king. We know too that David was sinful and experienced its effects in his life. His sin, however, did not negate his giftedness. In this Psalm, he sees how his own life, his existence, acknowledges the wonder of God’s work.

David’s prayer invites us to the same depth of understanding. God has intricately created each of us, formed us in our mother’s womb. God has an intimate knowledge of each of us and has gifted each of us uniquely. Nothing we have done or failed to do can detract from the fact that we are uniquely created, gifted and loved.

David’s Psalm-prayer invites us to reflect on our existence. Can you list the God-given gifts you have? Are you able to sit with the list and, like David, wonder at the marvels that God has done in you, giving thanks to God for them? Can you see how your life is a sign of God’s wonderful deeds?

Lord God,
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. You know me through and through. You have given me unique gifts and talents to use for your glory and the service of others. Open my eyes to see the gifts you have given me so that I can marvel and praise you.

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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