Compiled by Linda Lorring
That You May Know God
Scripture Reading – Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.
I know that full well.
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, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
David seems to have maintained the tension of two complementary truths taught in Scripture. We are sinners who desperately need forgiveness and a Savior. At the same time, God created us in his image, knit us together in our mother’s wombs with enormous care, and chose us for a special purpose on earth. Parker Palmer captures the wonder of Psalm 139:
Vocation does not come from a voice “out there” calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.
It is strange gift, this birthright of self. Accepting it turns out to be even more demanding than attempting to become someone else! I have sometimes responded to that demand by ignoring the gift, or hiding it, or fleeing from it, or squandering it – and I think I am not alone. There is a Hasidic tale that reveals, with amazing brevity, both the universal tendency to want to be someone else and the ultimate importance of becoming one’s self: Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me: ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me; ‘Why were you not Zusya?’”
Question to consider
What do you think might be one of your “birthright” gifts from God that has been ignored in your life?
LORD, I come this day inviting you to cut those deeply entrenched chains that keep me from being faithful to my true self in Christ. In doing so may my life be a blessing to many. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Taken from Daily Office – Remembering God’s Presence Throughout The Day by Peter Scazzero