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November 25, 2021 7:05 am
Whether you're listening in the United States and the other part of the world want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Not only from Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll. The entire staff and family insight for living as well.
All five programs that were prepared for you this week are focused on a song from Dave Chuck chose to teach from Psalm 139 because David's expression of worship and wonder emanates from his understanding of God's character is the perfect model for giving God thanks Chuck title this message. For these reasons, Lord, we thank you for spreading these two days, Sundays, Psalm 139 we were in the first 12 verses last Sunday and we learn that God knows everything, everything about us, but everything about everything that is known as the doctrine of assurance. He knows it all. Verses one through six, verse seven, down through verse 12, we discovered that God is everywhere at once and no more in one place them another and always fully aware of wherever you may be that's everywhere of everything that's happening. So God does not learn or discover, nor does God ever late never delayed. He is forever there today in verses 13 through 18 surety were the Scriptures rarely go to the womb of a mother to see an unborn child being formed by the hand of God as we realize, right down to the minutia of that prenatal stage God is omnipotent, all-powerful work in the life of each one of us as we are formed in the womb. These unique verses are found in Psalm one 3913 through 18, and then will conclude our reading with the last two verses of the song I'm reading from the new living translation, please follow along. Beginning in verse 13, you made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous how well I know it, you watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion as I was woven together in the dark of the womb you saw me before I was born every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me oh God, that cannot be numbered. I can't even count the they outnumber the grains of sand and when I wake up you are still with me.
Search me oh God, and know my heart test me in no my anxious thoughts pointed out anything in me that offends you, and leave me along the path of everlasting life to download his searching the Scriptures study insight world.war/study Chuck titled his message for these reasons, Lord, we thank you. The Christian who delivered our first born had a fascinating testimony we had chosen him because he was known in the city is one of the best in his career in his field of work we respected him, though we really didn't know much about him until that period of time when he worked with us as Cynthia was preparing for our firstborn, who was a little boy that God gave us when our position again his schooling. He was interested in the sciences and he found that the more he studied in that field, the less he was drawn to the things of God.
And the more he was attracted to humanism and the things that would normally be a part of the intellectual world infected came to the place where the idea of faith in God was rather na´ve and unsophisticated these years in medical school didn't help his faith.
In fact, his profs almost to a person drew him further and further away, until finally the time he graduated with his medical degree began to practice his OB/GYN work. He took pride in telling patients from time to time that he was an atheist, without question, but his career worked against him. As he put it, for he said that if not every day. Certainly every week, sometimes several times a day. The he found himself holding what amounted to a miracle in his hands. A newborn. The closer he studied those features adorable little eyes and eyelashes and fingers and tiny fingernails and toes toenails different parts of this wriggling little squirming screaming creature. He realized that the design of something like this certainly call for a designer, though he never talked about that. He simply and secretly bought a Bible not trust me on this heavy had no teaching in spiritual things. He started with Genesis 1 and began to read through the Bible all the way into the Gospels where you realize the one had been who had been predicted. A number times in the Old Testament was now fulfilling those predictions in the new as Jesus came, born of a virgin, grew up to minister to those in need, helping the sick, raising the dead cleansing the lepers, and in fact dying for the sins of the world and remarkably miraculously bodily coming back after his death and the grave rose triumphant in our physician all alone trusted in Christ as his Savior. I never did. But I thinking back. Wish I would've asked him when you got to Psalm 139 did you pay much attention to verses 13 to 18 bar like no other Scripture, the Lord uses those verses to take us into the most sacred place on earth where life is formed in the womb of a mother and their God is at work in an intricate incredible way. Even though he's beginning with and initiates life when it's smaller than a period at the end of a sentence tiny tiny microscopic cells coming together life forming.
There's no other Scripture like this is omnipotence pays attention to each conception.
Each prenatal stage all the way from conception to birth. God is right there now to make this even more intriguing. The song is written not by a medical doctor and even if it had been the study of embryology was unheard of. When the song was written there were no advanced medical schools and if there had been. David certainly wasn't a student in one of them is the shepherd. Here is the shepherd. No doubt unschooled, who kept his father's sheep. During his growing up years. If he was schooled, it would be in the local synagogue and they wouldn't learn of anatomy, there are the things of medicine. There they would study the Scriptures there. If in fact he attended her he wasn't really that appreciated by his father. You remember when Samuel came to choose the king God and led into the home of Jesse and Jesse paraded his sons in front of Samuel and Samuel said the Lord's anointed is not your are these all your sons and Jesse thanks for moment says you got one more week. He's out of the frequent peacekeeping sheet and Samuel to bring them and when David walks in because of course David's never read Samuel does know it's coming suddenly there's oil running down his neck and he hears words like the anointed one is standing before us. The one who will be king. David knew nothing more of that than it did of this is his lead with the spirit of God to write truth that is intriguing and whoever gives attention to it as we want to do today leaves realizing how carefully God has put each one of us together. No two alike.
Each one of us unique because of what we learn from these verses. So at the risk of sounding a bit pedantic at times. I'm going to do a little dissecting of nouns and verbs, and pronouns and wellness take this first word you verse 13 against you, and it's an emphatic, you and the Hebrew you and no other, not nature. Mother nature there is no other nature. It's God you alone God and God alone and look at how the verse reads you made all the delicate inner parts of my body to those words. The inner parts of my body to reference to the visceral vital organs. The brain, the heart belongs. The kidneys deliver that which is such a vital part of our lives. You were right there shaping, forming, placing, connecting those enter delicate parts of my body. In fact, in doing so, you knit me together.
Look at your Bible, you knit me together in my mother's womb. This is the inception of life need to gather as in mind the idea of a oven work like a thicket separate this case the network is is the veritable thicket of bones and muscles and glands and veins and tendons, and arteries along with the lungs with the air later in life, and as afterbirth and in the blood that flows through the system to cleanse and consistently flow their energizing the body.
It's a phenomenal system you put it all together you did that all God, you, and none other. Several years ago I came across an interesting article titled this is you, and in that article I found these words today. Your heart will beat an average of 103,000 times.
Your blood will travel verse 168,000 miles, causing 250 pounds of blood to pass through your heart.
You will breathe 23,000 times a mailing 438 ft.│ of air you will speak an average of 36,000 words. You will move 750 major muscles and you will use 7 billion brain cells truly were fearfully and wonderfully made it all begins within the womb.
When you stop and realize that that speck of cells, some tiny leads to all of that, the wondered David is a go on before verse 14 he has a burst of praise to God. Thank you.
He says thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. The message reads. Thank you. I God your breathtaking body and soul.
I am marvelously made the new American Standard Bible renders this the familiar words. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Isn't it true that human body is a phenomenal blend of strength and beauty, and coordination and balance and efficiency in the deeper you look, study the makeup within it gets even more complex and intriguing. Think about your temperament is uniquely yours. Your set of emotions uniquely given your giftedness, your personality, your glands, your sentences, your memory, your fingerprints like no other. Your DNA like no other. All part of this intricate system made by our one and only God wondered if the physician when he read those words connected it to the very things he had been training himself not to believe in. I never ask him, and so on. I will never know. But as we read these David's words and with how marvelous help help help, I will. I know this goes back so you watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion as I was woven together in the dark of the womb, look at that go swear at that time in life. No, nobody ever gone and he looks deeply at the secret place for our frame is put together the word means bony substance. It would have reference to the spine and the skeletal structure of our body. And next, you will observe. He says it is all woven together in the dark of the womb. The term has in mind. Get this variegated like multicolored tapestry like fine needlepoint.
We might say or even intricate embroidery not unlike the veil in the ancient Tabernacle, would you stop to study it you'll find in Exodus 28 verse eight that it to was multicolored.
Remember the colors gold blue, purple and scarlet, but this is a referring to the veil of the tabernacle. It's referring to the veins and arteries in organic tissue and the nerves within our anatomy, perhaps a paraphrase will help my skeletal structure was not hidden from you when I was being formed in that place of complete protection within my mother when my veins, arteries, nerves in organic tissue were embroidered together in variegated colors just like fine needlepoint prepared by the skill of your hands.
According to your sovereign plan in our earliest days in and hours actually of life, God is there shaping us forming us making us who we would become the early part of verse 16 is equally intriguing. You sold me before I was born if anyone attempts to tell you that life doesn't begin until afterbirth remind them of Psalm 139 13 to 18 God is at work noticed Planned Parenthood would tell you with fetal tissue fetal matter, but with a baby a living human being. He watched as we were in that room before birth, your eyes have seen my unformed substance words come from the Hebrew word to wrap or to fold together and in this particular noun form. It appears only here in the sacred text and has reference to the embryo appears first in the sentence my embryo.
Your eyes saw me in my very first stage of life hours and these of existence, still wrapped in embryonic form you were there watching over every moment of my being formed. He goes on and looks at life afterbirth, did you notice in verse 16.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Now I oppose because this is mind-boggling.
You and I are able to handle the dimensions of life fairly well, but when we get beyond that ability we get into the foreknowledge of God the sovereignty of God.
Theologians have for centuries attempted to unscrew the inscrutable explain this, which is inexplicable, but we believe it.
Look at what he said every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out your Bible reads ordained good word there is often used in the Scriptures to refer to the partner at his or her wheel as she works with a lump of clay shapes.
It informs rendered here ordained every moment was ordained or laid out before a single day.
It passed now for moment hold your finger here and go back to Job 14. Just a quick glance at two verses a Job 14.
I love these cross references that verify what is said in the previous passage 14 one Job writes how frail is humanity how short his life. How full of trouble sorta wraps up life in one sentence doesn't it frail is humanity how fleeting his life helpful trouble. Nelligan verse five hold on now verse five. You have decided the link of our lives. You know how many months we will live and we are not given a minute longer. People worried about when the that you have to worry about it.
God's got it under control. When is the moment you go yes what you don't stay your government on airplane going to the beach and I want to go, you go down to go to this may be our last flight.
I just one of the heart to say that somebody was worried sick over but the fact is one day will be our last day for my mother. It took place when she lay down for a nap and never woke up only 63 years old.
My dad lingered ill confirmed for seven or more years lived with us when we were living in California and we literally watch the process of death transpire, but he lingered and your loved one may linger or may be taken. Suddenly, what may seem to you prematurely.
Resources is no such thing we need to get words like mistake fate out of our vocabulary and look August had good luck lived a long time and nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the book of God.
God's got it all under control. When our lives take an unexpected turn confused by the heartbreak that comes our way is tempting to blame our circumstances on fate or even lock. But because God is sovereign in all things or situations have nothing to do with luck, you're listening to a special edition of Insight for living in which our teacher Chuck Swindoll is presenting a study in Psalm 139 in David Psalm we find credible reasons to give thanks to God no matter what happens there's much more coming from this passage, so please keep listening and learn about this ministry.
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