Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
The great children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss,” is known for his whimsical children’s books, selling over 600 million copies. Although a comical writer, Seuss took children seriously and was known to say, “I don’t write for children. I write for people.” He valued children and considered them just as important as adults.
One of Dr. Seuss’ most famous quotes is,
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
In today’s verse we learned that God creates each of us personally. His eyes saw our unformed bodies and ordained all of our days.
David explained that God created his inmost being and knit him like a skilled craftsman would create a beautiful tapestry. Amazingly, God’s Word also says He knew us even before then. In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”
While society often devalues the smallest, weakest or most vulnerable among us, God calls us to not despise these little ones. God is concerned for children’s welfare so much that He mentions their angels in heaven are always watching the face of God. It is implied here that these angels are on active duty and ready to intervene at the command of God.
Why do all humans, no matter how small, contain intrinsic value? At creation, God created humans “in His image” (Genesis 1:26). Simply, it means that we were made to resemble God. Since God is spirit and doesn’t have a body, this refers to the immaterial part of us. Our value as human beings, who are created in His image, is an amazing concept.
Each person has value…no matter how small.
Dear Lord, we thank You that we are all great in Your eyes no matter our size or position in life. Help us to treat others in the same way that You do. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.