For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And [that] my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, [And] skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 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. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 [If] I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.PSALM 139:13-18
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT (God is All Powerful)
God is omnipotent, which means that He is all powerful. He can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants, however He wants. He is the supreme authority. There is no one more powerful than He is. His power is limitless. (We might also point out that God is “Sovereign” in this passages as well as His Omnipresence and Omniscience that we have already covered. Some of the attributes of God that we have been discussing overlap. If He is all powerful and uses that power, He is indeed sovereign, etc.)
Often when we consider God’s omnipotence we also consider his goodness (v. 17).
David contemplates God’s power over him to bring his life into being. He notes God’s sovereignty over all his days that God had “fashioned” for him before he ever took a breath. God not only knew about David, but was active in David’s life to the extent that He had written David’s days. (Imagine that, even on days when you look at a blank planner with no real plans established for where the day will take you, God looks at the same day and his planner is filled with details about what you are yet to experience…. Days for David like when He faced Goliath and days like when his bride was given to another man… God knew his days, and Knew what he needed, and God provided every step of the way, no wonder David wrote Psalm 23 about God’s provision!)
This reminds me of Ephesians 2:10 which speaks of those who have been redeemed in Christ.
[Eph 2:10 NKJV] 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
David then tried to contemplate God’s thoughts about himself and was bewildered that as much as David might think about God, God knew more and thought more about David. David was fully known by the God who created him. (I think sometimes this thought escapes us that God knows us better than we know ourselves.)
Father, with David I confess that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. It amazes me as I direct my mind to consider your ways that what I am able to comprehend is only a tiny glimpse of who you really are. We can know things about you, but you are to big to ever have all figured out. Yet you know everything about us individually and have us all figured out. I am grateful for your goodness to me. I pray that my faith is increased today knowing that you know me better than I know you, trusting in your planning of my days, and that you are ultimately good. Give me grace for this day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Omnipotent, a word to describe God’s Power. God is not hindered in any way as we are hindered. He made time, space, and creation! How could He do that if He was NOT all POWERFUL! I love to think of being fearfully and wonderfully made by Him! Psalm 90 says to number our days, but God has already done that and knows each day that is made for us! I count my days, and I am coming up to 3 score and ten (70). It will be an interesting year next year! I thank you for posting these Psalm verses, such gentle reminders.
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