Have you considered how wonderfully you are made? This psalm is concerned with God’s all-knowingness and ‘being present everywhere,’ in a highly personal way. God knows me through and through, even my thoughts. He has known me from before the day I was born (vv.1-6, 13-16.) He is always with me (vv. 7-12,18b.) Let Him search out and deal with all that is wrong with me (vv.19-24.) Is my focal point seeing the negative about myself or do I believe that I am wonderfully made?
I was given this verse to contemplate after a confession and through that, recognized anew God’s plan for my life had been established in the spiritual realm since before the foundation of the world. This psalm is probably worthy of a lifetime of reflection. We receiveencouragement from God’s word in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.”
Reflection has helped me learn that sometimes to keep moving forward with the Lord, I must be willing to take a step back, and see how God might be leading me to change, particularly thinking negatively. As a caretaker, I feel necessarily called to become more open to seeking and accepting God’s perspective, not my own. We see from God’s eyes, when at end of the day we regularly recall some of the things that happened during the day. As we recall some moments, we might feel He is saying, “Well done” or “This is a blessing from Me.” In other moments, He may show us how we could have viewed the situation differently. Much can be revealed as we give God time.
Though we cannot change our circumstances, as wecome before the Lord with an open and willing heart,God’s perspective offers us a life filled with opportunities and hope. Many examples in the Scriptures reveal how mysteriously yet faithfully God works through weak human beings and we are reminded He still does so in our lives today. God does not leave us to struggle alone. It takes perseverance but God will give us the grace to develop new habits of thought and speech. The gift of peace can be ours and we deserve this because we are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Given our busyness and distractions, it is easy to miss the Holy Spirits actions in our daily lives or perhaps we don’t expect Him to work through us. Being open, to the power of the Holy Spirit, we will hear how wonderfully we are made, be comforted, and supported and able to step out in faith, persevering through any trials we encounter.
We pray in the peace of the Lord, “When I think of You upon my bed, through the night watches I recall that you indeed are my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to You: Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:7-9