AMAZING SKILL  

| SUNDAY 8TH MAY, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By Bill Crowder

Read: Psalm 139:7–16 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 4–6; Luke 24:36–53

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

The leader of our college singing group directed the group and accompanied us on the piano at the same time, skillfully balancing those responsibilities. At the close of one concert, he looked particularly weary, so I asked him if he was okay. He responded, “I’ve never had to do that before.” Then he explained. “The piano was so out of tune that I had to play the whole concert in two different keys—my left hand playing in one key and my right hand in another!” I was blown away by the startling skill he displayed, and I was amazed at the One who creates humans to be capable of such things.

King David expressed an even greater sense of wonder when he wrote, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” (Psalm 139:14 nlt). Whether in people’s abilities or nature’s marvels, the wonders of creation point us to the majesty of our Creator.

One day, when we’re in God’s presence, people from every generation will worship Him with the words, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11). The amazing skills God gives us and the great beauty God has created are ample reason to worship Him.

Read: Psalm 139:7–16 (NIV)

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 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. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

INSIGHT

  1. What parts of God’s creation cause you to respond in worship?

  2. Why is it important for you to thank and praise God for the skills He’s given you?

In this psalm, the author, King David, describes two of God’s fundamental characteristics: His omnipresence—God being present in all places at all times (vv. 1–6) and His omniscience—God’s knowledge of all things (vv. 7–18). The author describes his inability to go anyplace outside the presence of God: “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (vv. 9–10). But then there comes an interesting turn in verse 13: the author connects God’s constant presence to God’s creation of him. God is even present in the womb and will continue to be with us everywhere we go.

PRAYER

How wonderful You are, God! I see Your fingerprints everywhere. Thank You for all that You’ve made. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!!

Read: Psalm 139:7–16 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 4–6; Luke 24:36–53

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