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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Week 2 - Psalm 139:13-14,16

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Before reading this post with your children, we suggest you review it yourself and then discuss with them some words they may not understand. We have linked to definitions, pictures and/or other information about the "Words to Know" below, in the "Notes to Parents" section of the post for your convenience.
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  Wonderfully Made  

“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.
...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 139:13-14, 16


source: Soul Shepherding
David was a young man who lived in Israel a long time ago. He was the youngest of eight brothers. David was a musician, among other things, and he played the harp very well. David wrote many of the songs and poems found in the book of Psalms. Psalm 139 is one of David’s works.

Psalm 139 is a written reminder to us that God is involved. He designed us and formed us before we were born. He knows us. He see us – when we sit and when we get up. He understands our thoughts before we ever say a word. He is. And we cannot escape His presence.

This can either be comforting to us, or uncomfortable. If we love God, and we believe that He loves us, knowing that He is familiar with us and is near to us is a great encouragement. However, if we do not have confidence that He views us with eyes of grace, compassion and love, this knowledge of His nearness can be unnerving to our souls.

source: Wikipedia
It is a wondrous thing to consider that the God who designed the universe, who formed the sun, moon and stars, who made the world and everything in it [Acts 17:24-25], also made each one of us. Psalm 139 says that He knits us together and that His eyes saw our unformed bodies.

In another Psalm, [Psalm 8:3-4] David writes:

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,
what is man that You are mindful of him…?”

source: Wikipedia
We are so small and seemingly insignificant in comparison to the enormity of the earth and heavens around us…why does God notice us? Why does He pay attention to us? Why did he make us?

Because God made us, He knows everything about us. He knows how our bodies function. He knows what we need to work properly. He designed you. And every part of you has a purpose. Remember in Acts 17:26, we read that God determined the exact times and places for people to be born? Everything about you – how you look, where you live, the period of time you were born into, what each day of your life holds [Psalm 139:16] – God knows it all.

This is one reason why it is important for us to obey God. God loves us and God made us. Because He loves us, we can trust that when He gives us a rule, it is for our good. Because He made us, we can trust that He knows what we need.

source: vinemedia
God knew all about David too. And God had a plan for David. God sent a man named Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as King of Israel. David was Jesse’s youngest son, and because he was the youngest, no one thought he was the one God would choose to become king.

Yet God said, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." And God chose David to lead His people, Israel. God gave David everything he needed to do the job He had prepared David for.

And God does the same thing for you and me. He gives us everything we need to do the things He has made us to do. He determined the exact place and time for you to be born. He used wisdom and care as He created each part of you. And He has a purpose for your life. He has jobs for you to do.

You may think that there are things about you that you don’t like, or that make it hard for you to do things you want to do. You may wonder why God made you different than someone else. Maybe a part of your body doesn’t look like you want it to or work the way it should. Yet, nothing about you goes unnoticed by God.  Everything about you has either been purposefully designed or lovingly allowed by your Creator. You have been wonderfully made.

Sometimes, we don’t understand why He made us the way we are; or, we may think it is unfair. The truth is that God is good. And life, in whatever form we may see it, is the work of an extraordinary artist – and nothing short of miraculous. If we believe that God made us and that God loves us, we must know that every part of us has been carefully crafted by both His wisdom and His care. We can thank Him for the life He has given us and ask Him to show us how we can use our bodies to honor Him.

Each of us is unique and God has prepared us to do different jobs. David's job was to become a king. Samuel's job was to anoint David as the king. Even though Samuel's job may not seem as important as David's job, it was a very significant responsibility. Even though God may not have 'ordained' any of your days to be spent serving as royalty, the responsibilities He has for you now and is continuing to prepare you for are significant.

God does not see us the way others may see us…or even the way we see ourselves. God looks at our hearts. Our bodies are the shell that holds our soul; the person we truly are inside. Psalm 139:13 tells us that He "created our inmost being".

Often in the Bible we read stories of people God used, not because of their talent or ability, but because they loved God and were willing to do what He asked them to do.

We can learn from Psalm 139 that we are precious. God made you with wisdom and love. We can also learn to recognize that God has created all those around us. If God carefully designed them, with wisdom and love – they are also precious to Him. And if each of us is precious to God, then we should think about both ourselves and each other respectfully and treat each person as something precious. We should learn to be wise and loving with each other, just as God is wise and loving toward us.

We are known and loved by our Creator. We have been purposefully designed. Even in this big, big world - full of billions of other people, God knows who you are. You are significant because He made you and you are precious to Him. 



           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:


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Discussion Questions:

- We are so small in comparison to the big, big world around us. Why does God notice us? Why does He pay attention and care about us?

- What are some wonderful things about you?

-What are some things you dislike or do not understand about yourself? How can God use these things?

- God has jobs for each of us. What are some jobs you know God has for you to do?

- What are some reasons that it is important for us to obey God?

- If God makes each one of us, how should we view and treat one another?

- God said that "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." [1 Samuel 16] What does this mean?

-What does it mean to be "fearfully and wonderfully made"?

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Additional Resources:
Please review all links before sharing them with your children. 

- Read the context. Read Psalm 139:1-18.

- Read the story of Samuel anointing David. You can find it in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. 

source: mommytopics
 - You may want to show your children images, or video of babies in the womb and see how babies grow. This video clip from In the Womb, produced by National Geographic, shows 3-D and 4-D ultrasound images. Baby Center's illustrated images show baby's monthly growth in the uterus. 

Consider discussing bioethics issues with your older children. Conception, abortion, genocide, euthanasia, and suicide may all be topics to consider as you explore what the Bible has to say about creation, and specifically, God's design and care in the creation of humanity.

- Learn how amazing your body is with the movie Body in Numbers, produced by Malcolm Brinkworth. This film worth watching explores some amazing facts about our bodies: "More advanced than a computer yet more versatile and resilient than any machine is the amazing miracle known as the human body." This video will fascinate children and adults alike, however, some segments of the film may not be suitable for all ages [For example, parts of the video discuss facts of human sexuality.] Although it is not written from a biblical perspective, the film can be a useful tool as you learn more about the complexity of our bodies and the wise Creator who designed us. View a clip from Body in Numbers here. Check your local library for availability.

- Here are some verses you may find helpful as you consider why God might cause or allow us to experience difficult things: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Romans 9:20-21, Job 5:17-18, Hebrews 12:1-15 and John 9.

- These verses list some jobs God has already given to us: Luke 10:27, Ephesians 6:1, Ephesians 6:4, Mark 16:15, James 1:22 and Proverbs 14:31.

- For some information on the translation of the word "fearfully" [in Psalm 139] into the English language, reference the Blue Letter Bible site [see the 3rd paragraph down].

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study Psalm 139:13-14,16.

2 comments:

  1. So glad to have this in pdf! We're a little behind, but got week one done and on to week two. The kids are loving it and I love the different levels of memorization!

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  2. I have found with my toddler that songs are retained easily and are great for memory work. Here is a video of a mom singing a simple song to help little ones memorize Psalm 139:14. It is from the International Children's Bible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO1WQLXJsfg&list=PLRtv2hoAAB1tAPYvunPp2OWke0XQEvHDU&index=21

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