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The Value of Life


Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 19


Life is under attack! Abortions, euthanasia, infanticide, cloning, embryonic stem cell research – all are attacks on the sanctity of life. But Scripture teaches that life at every moment is precious.

Albert Schweitzer rightly said, “If we do not value life at conception, all of life will lose its value.” We are in a society where life is quickly losing its value. But Scripture makes very clear that life is God’s plan and God’s love. David expressed it beautifully in Psalm 139. Notice God’s involvement with life.


God knows - Psalm 139:1-6

At least six times in the first six verses of this psalm David acknowledges to the Lord that He “knows” His creation. He knows, understands, comprehends, and is acquainted with the thoughts, actions, and condition of mankind. It is tempting to have the thought that this world is too big and there are too many people for God to really know what is going on in my life. But that is just not true.

Do you realize that God knows when you get up and when you lie down? He’s up before you and He’s up after you go to sleep! Do you know that God understands your thoughts? That may be a scary realization, but the comfort is that He knows all that is going on around you and in you, even when you may never speak a word.

Do you realize that He has hedged you in? That means that He has fortified us, made us secure in a very insecure world. And not only that, but David acknowledged that God had laid His hand – His loving and protective hand – upon him. With that kind of knowledge, how can anyone say that life is insignificant?

What is your response to God’s knowledge about you? David’s words are very appropriate: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.”

When was the last time you were overwhelmed because of your realization of the omniscience of God?


God did - Psalm 139:13-16

God formed us. David certainly did not believe in evolution! He did not believe that anyone was an “accident”! He agreed with the Genesis account that God was intrinsically involved in the creation process, particularly of mankind.

God formed us with a soul that desires fellowship with Him. God never intended for anyone else to be creator. That’s why cloning is wrong. Though some would argue about “benefits,” the greatest benefit available to man is to be in right relationship with the true Creator.

God formulated our lives. The Lord would remind Jeremiah of this same point (Jer. 1:5), “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” God has a specific plan for your life and it begins with a relationship with Him.

How does that make you feel? The abortion industry and those that would push for the so-called “women’s rights” have a major problem with verse 16. Yet, the truth is that God created each person on purpose for a purpose!


God cares - Psalm 139:17-18

God knows and God did because God cares! David once again expressed his amazement with the loving ways of God. He could not grasp the wonderful thoughts of his God about him! When was the last time you pondered the loving thoughts that God has about you?

The Lord declared through Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” He spoke through Isaiah 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” What loving actions by our Lord!

Then there’s John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Paul stated the incredible love of our Lord like this: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

There is no possible way that anyone could ever question God’s love for all.

God greatly loves you! I heard someone recently say, “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.” I like that description.

I know our refrigerator has lots of pictures of friends and family that God has blessed us with. And I love being reminded of them. And if God loves us that much, then we must also know that God has a plan for each of us. Though we may not be able to understand in our minds what God’s plan may be for those with severe limitations or disabilities, the fact remains that the sovereign and omniscient God can bring good (and great) out of any condition or circumstance.

What actions might you need to take to help you understand the value of your own life? Who do you know that may need a reminder of God’s love today?

Allow God to use you to be a difference maker in those around you. Is there someone with a special need or limitation to whom you could express God’s love?

Make your life count. Don’t waste one moment. Why? Your life is a gift from God!

*Prior to beginning as pastor of Plant City in December, Stowe served as pastor at Maysville Baptist Church in northeast Georgia.