Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 15 Scripture Selection: Psalm 139-140
Food for Thought: Ps. 139:13-17
Psalm 139 is full of wonderful, edifying concepts, but today, in honor of all the unborn babies, and in prayer for all the expectant mothers—especially those who do not find their condition a joyous one—let us draw our attention to verses 13 through 17, which are also quite reassuring even for those of us who are neither in the womb nor carrying a child.
The Lord has known us by name and has lovingly cared for us since even before we were conceived. He told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations (Jer. 1:5).” He knows every child (and adult) and has a special purpose for each and every one. That is why the devil attacks as many as possible in the womb and has promoted a culture that minimizes the value of life. He is attempting to block the marvelous purposes of the Lord.
The Lord’s eyes have been on us since our formation in our mother’s womb. He loves us so much that He couldn’t take His eyes off of us or off of any child. Notice in Psalm 139:13-17 the special attention that the Lord gives in forming the child in the womb and the precious thoughts He has toward him:
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
So valuable are children to Him that He calls them “a heritage from the Lord” and “a reward (Ps, 127:3).” A reward is certainly nothing to destroy or throw away or hold in disdain!
In Isaiah 49:15 God expresses His love toward the prophet Isaiah and toward all of us saying, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.” He does not forget any of the precious babies that He formed in the womb—ever! And He has not forgotten you.
For everyone who feels alone and forgotten by God, be encouraged and draw strength from the Word to do the right thing. Don’t believe the lies that the rushing emotions and the world may be telling you. Hold out your hand to the Father, and He will help you. He loves you, no matter what the situation may be, and He will get you through anything. Just do not give up on Him and His love. Come near to Him, and He will come near to you (James 4:8).
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):