Reflections on Psalm 119 (י Yodh)

infantPsalm 119:73-80

73 Your hands made me and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.
80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,
that I may not be put to shame.

“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.” (v. 73) Modern man’s understanding of biology and the natural sciences tends to paint a picture of children forming in the womb as a strictly physical phenomenon, as though God had set the natural laws in place and now stands back watching it all happen. This is deism, and it isn’t Scriptural. The truth is that God is personally and intimately involved in our development. David declared, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) We are all custom-designed by God. He alone knows what our families, social sets and the events of our lives will demand of us, and He has equipped us to withstand the challenges. God’s knowledge of my unique makeup and temperament makes Him the best possible source of guidance and help as I approach various gauntlets.

Lord, help me to internalize the truth of your close involvement in my life.


About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!
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