Commentary on Psalm 139, by Rachel Phillips – BIBL 3452 class assignment for Dr. George Snyder
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 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. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” – Psalm 139.13-16.
I am sure there are times where everyone feels insignificant and wonder if they’re really worth anything at all. I admit I feel like that a lot. I don’t know if it’s just a self-confidence thing or if it’s me beating myself up because of mistakes I’ve made or whatever. Whatever the reason may be, I have always been my harshest critic. I am hard on myself. There are times where I wonder if I really have any impact on anyone, or if anything I do is of worth. In moments like that, I think I (and anyone else who may struggle with the same things as I do) forget how I got here. I wasn’t just a chance happening of cells deciding to build something. Like the psalm says, God was directly involved in the creation of me. He stitched me together, decided what color my eyes should be, what my laugh should sound like. He decided what who I was supposed to be. How can I be insignificant? I am important to God.
But it doesn’t just stop with that realization. So I have purpose, now what? The psalm continues in verses 23-24 with “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” If I understand how important I am to God, then my response should be to please Him and follow His leading. Living for Him is never insignificant.