O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways . . . For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.–Psalm 139, selected verses
Our psalm for worship today was Psalm 139. It’s one of my favorites. When I tried to write a sermon about it, though, it turned out pretty lame, as sermons on my very favorite texts tend to do. The gist of it was, “Isn’t this awesome?” Which, come to think of it, is kind of the gist of all my sermons, but it just didn’t work in this case.
So I preached on 1 Samuel and spent the children’s sermon talking about this great psalm. We read Dr. Seuss’ The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, and talked about how amazing the bodies that God gave us are.
Here are the things the kids named that their bodies can do: walk, run, talk, sing, laugh, eat, lie down, sleep, wake up, and jump. Pretty good list, right?
Whether or not your body can do all those things, take a moment today to give thanks for the things it can do, and the things it has done. Know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.