The psalms are songs/poems written by the people of God, for the people of God to experience in worship. Many of the Psalms reflect upon God as creator and God’s creation. For the Psalmist, singing about the creator should be a regular occurrence in the life of God’s people. We are made in God’s image and we are the crown jewel of God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-31). The psalmist is unashamed to bask in the beauty of God’s creation, including the creation of humans and all the intricate complexities that comes with humans. Humans are created with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual markers. All of these attributes make up the whole of the human being. Psalm 139 not only alludes to these markers, the psalmist also highlights that God knows every “nook and cranny” of the human body.
We are inundated with reasons to compare ourselves to others. These comparisons drive us crazy as we try to measure up to others, earn like others and try to get recognized by others. For many of us, we never quite measure up. We try our hardest to explain to others the tension we live in as we try to measure up. It is in this tension that we need to hear the song of the psalmist. “O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” (Psalm 139:1, NLT) The LORD knows everything because he crafted us, created us, molded us and made us. To unsubscribe from unhealthy comparisons is to believe firmly that you have been created by a master craftsman that knows everything about you. You are uniquely you, created to be you and no one else. God’s “hand of blessing” is upon his creation. Living in this truth may help us to better understand our bodies, our emotions and our spirits.
Today, as you begin your week in this Lenten fast, take a moment to sing a song to the creator, who made no mistakes when he created you. Know that he knows you better than you know yourself. Take courage and be blessed in that reality.