Psalms 139 says:
1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.
What an amazing passage! God has been intimately involved in MY life from before I was ever born. God knows ME. I imagine that as David read this psalm he looked at all of nature and said “I know there must have been a maker”. He looked at himself and realizes, my heart is beating and I am not sitting here saying “thump, thump, thump.” He realized the blood was coursing through his veins, maybe, and he was not willing that to be. He was not telling his diaphragm to breathe. Something outside of him was running all those things.
Have you ever thought about just the way in which our bodies function? One of my teachers in college had a chart he handed out. It is a chart of the body with all of the systems that make that body function. Here is his description. He said, “You have a self-restoring, self-repairing healing system; a sensitive stereophonic auditory system (that means I have ears); a tireless muscular connecting tissue system; a rugged, yet sophisticated, digestive system; an analytical sensitive taste/smell system; well engineered skeletal framework; extensive blood circulatory system; a computerized memory bank brain; an ultra sensitive nerve network; a programmed glandular hormone system; filtered, warm respiratory system; ventilation insulation skin envelope; a waste recycle and disposal system; unfathomable reproductive system; voice and language mechanisms; elaborate danger warning system; a living lens/living color optical system.” And, all of those things depend on each other! One of them cannot function in isolation of the other. I am fearfully and WONDERFULLY made! I have read that in one square inch of skin, there would be 20 blood vessels, 65 muscles, 78 nerves, 78 sensors for heat, and 13 for cold, 160 sensors for pressure, 650 sweat glands, 1300 nerve endings and 19,500,000 cells. Isn’t that wonderful?
I read an article about a man who was at one time a Communist. His name was Whitaker Chambers. You have heard of him from the “Alger Hiss Affair” in history when Richard Nixon became prominent. Chambers, later on in his life, is said to have become a believer in Christ. And the way it happened was that one day he was holding someone’s little baby. He noticed that little baby’s ear. He started studying that ear and thinking about how it was made, how it was fashioned, and how it worked. The more he thought about it, the more it dawned on him that this is a magnificent thing that could not have just happened. This is a person fearfully and wonderfully made. Our God knows us. He is present everywhere, and he is powerful enough to have made us in this way.
HIS name shall be called “Wonderful” (Isaiah 9:6).
Wonderful are the blessed words which came from His lips, wonderful is His glory, His untiring service, His love, His patience and everything which the Holy Spirit has been pleased to tell us of His earthly life. The more our hearts contemplate Him the more wonderful He appears. But still greater and more wonderful is it that He went to the cross to give His life as a ransom for many, that the Just One should die for the unjust, that He who knew no sin was made sin for us and pay the penalty of sins on the cross. He is the Wonderful in His great work on the cross, the depths of which have never been fathomed. And what can we say of His wonderful Glory, His wonderful Peace, His wonderful Power, His wonderful Grace! How wonderfully He has dealt with us, with each one of us individually. How wonderful it is that He knows each of His sheep, that He guides each, provides for, loveth, relieves, stands by, restores, never leaves nor forsakes each who has trusted in Him and belongs to Him. How wonderful are His ways with us, that He guides with His eyes and that His loving power and omnipotent love is on our side. In His coming manifestation He will be wonderful. Wonderful He will be when we shall see Him and stand in His presence. What a day it will be when we see Him face to face! Then we shall know all the loveliness and wonderfulness of His adorable Person and His wonder ways with us. With what wonderment we shall then behold Him. And when He comes with His Saints, when the Heavens are lit up with untold glory, when He comes to judge, to establish His Kingdom, to speak peace to the nations, to restore creation to its right condition, when He reigns and all His redeemed ones with Him—Oh how wonderful it all will be!
He is altogether lovely and he is altogether wonderful. Glory to His name! Well has one said: “He pervades the whole of the New Testament with His presence, so that every doctrine it teaches, every duty it demands, every narrative it records, every comfort it gives, every hope it inspires, gathers about His person and ministers to His glory.” So dear does He thus become to the heart of the believer, that we might join in the words of Samuel Rutherford who said, “O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without you, it would be hell. And if I could be in hell and have you still, it would be heaven to me, for you are all the heaven I want”