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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Glory of God and the Sanctity of Life (Psalm 139)

Jan 10, 2014

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Big Picture: Psalm 139 reveals the relationship between the glory of God and the sanctity of life by showing how we are known by God, created by God, and judged by God. If God is the author of life, then it changes how we understand issues related to the sanctity of life like abortion.

Point 1: We are Known by God (139:1-12)

God’s unsearchable knowledge of us is amazing (1-6)

God’s personal presence with us is universal (7-12)

Life has purpose because God knows us

Life has purpose because God is with us

Take comfort in God’s knowledge of us by resting in God’s providence

Take courage in God’s knowledge of us by defending the sanctity of life

Point 2: We are Created by God (139:13-16)

God creates our form even when no one else can see it (13-15)

God creates our future even when no one else can know it (16)

If God shapes our form in the womb, then he has authority over our life

If God shapes our future in the womb, then he has authority over our life

If God shapes our form in the womb, we should seek to protect life in the womb

If God shapes our future in the womb, we should seek to protect life at all stages

Point 3: We are Judged by God (139:17-24)

Because God knows our thoughts, he will hold others accountable (17-22)

Because God knows our thoughts, he will hold us accountable (23-24)

It is right and good for God to hold others accountable for injustice

It is right and good for God to hold us accountable for injustice

Only those who look to Christ will be forgiven for their injustice  

Call on God to expose injustice in others and bring transformation

Call on God to expose injustice in our lives and bring repentance

Conclusion: Because we are known, shaped & judged by God, the sanctity of life matters

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Phillip Bethancourt

Phillip Bethancourt is Executive Vice President of the ERLC. He leads the ERLC team to develop innovative strategies to equip churches to address the key moral and ethical issues of the day. He completed an MDiv and PhD in Systematic Theology at Southern... Read More

Andrew T. Walker

Andrew T. Walker is the Director of Research and Senior Fellow in Christian Ethics at the ERLC. In his role, he researches, speaks, and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public policy, and the church’s social witness. He also... Read More