I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (Psa 139:14-18)
David is amazed at the creation of new human life─his own life. First, he will praise the Lord for his being made in such a wonderful and amazing manner! It was not a ho-hum happenstance but a very great thing that had taken place. Though people could not see, even though his mother could not see, God could see what He was doing in the womb of his mother. God could see and He looked upon him in his earliest stage. In God’s record book, all the parts of David’s body were already written down before those parts were finished. “Hath God said?” Yes, God hath said.
Have you ever marveled at the fact that you were placed in your mother’s womb, and no other womb on earth? Not in China! Not Iran! Not Africa! If you haven’t been amazed about that, maybe it’s time for you to be amazed! And you were not born during the Roman Empire or in the middle of the American Civil War and you are not yet to be born. God was very specific about where and when you were born and which womb from which you were birthed. It didn’t amaze me either until after I was forty years old.
The idea that little people are of no more value than a dog or a goat until after they are born is demonic. It certainly did not come from God’s Word.
McGee thoughtfully comments: “Before the body was formed David says he was a person. He was a person as he was being formed in the womb. Even before the members of his body were formed, he was a person. The personhood is declared to take place at the very moment of conception.
“This is very important in our day because of the question of abortion. I heard a minister of the liberal persuasion say that the Bible has nothing to say about abortion, and therefore we can make our own decision or do as we please. However, the Bible does have something to say about it, and here is a clear-cut reference. While the body was being formed, David said he was a person, a human being. God had the blueprint of his members before they came into existence. The person was there.
“Now hear it straight: abortion is murder unless it is performed to save the mother's life or even the child's life. Abortion to get rid of the little unformed fellow before he has an opportunity to utter a cry in order to cover up sin or escape responsibility merely enhances the awful and cruel crime. Do not blame me for this charge. Blame David—he wrote it. Blame the Holy Spirit—He declared it.
“The Bible has the answer to all the problems of life if we consider all of it, and it does not always give the popular interpretation. It is well to get God's viewpoint.” (McGee)
A nation’s families must produce an average of at least 2.1 babies per family or the population will shrink and the nation’s economy will be strained and suffer loss. (That figure may be a bit low.) The population will grow older and the old people will be in disproportion to the number of young, working people who are going to support them. China is dying and they know it. The government restrained them from having more than one child per family. They waited too long to reverse their policy and now they are beginning to pay the price. Several nations of Europe lost interest in having children and now they are having to import foreign workers to help make their economy work.
If Johnny and Mary are killed in the womb, they won’t show up at school, will not report for work and will pay no taxes to support the federal, state, county, and city governments of the nation. They will buy no cars, clothing, or houses. America has embraced a culture of death to inconvenient human life. America has killed almost sixty million innocent children in the womb. We lost 408,000 soldiers during WWII. How does that compare with 60,000,000 babies that Americans have put to death in the womb? Yes, we have a culture of death in America. The slaughter of inconvenient life.
We have lost some jobs to automation but that’s a curve ball. Most of our jobs are not automated. They are not! We must have immigrants to help with the labor force. America has been progressively forgetting God and rebelling against God. The Lord addresses His relationship to nations:
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psa 11:3)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. (Psa 33:12-14)
We need not turn away our heads from the hearing of the Word of God and pretend like everything is all right, because everything is not all right. Our politicians have not risen above the laws of God in making laws and running our courts. None of us have risen above the laws of God in living our daily lives. We will not escape God’s opinion about our nation and we will not escape His able hand in administering correction. There is no greater need than the need for God’s people to visit the prayer closets.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Ch 7:14) Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
MARCH 8, 2017 – WEDNESDAY
A.M. Deuteronomy 5-7 P.M. Mark 12:1-27
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Memory Verse This Month:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psa 19:14)
Song for Today:
Huge Orchestra (4:37): Nearer My God to Thee (Amsterdam)
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