The Sanctity of Human Life
Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV)
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
1. This passage is important for a good self-image. Not just creatures of random chance. V. 14 fearfully and wonderfully made
You are more than a product of evolution from apes.
The importance of self-image is threefold:
(1) to realize one’s own potential, one must see his worth as God’s creation (Gen. 1:26, 27; Matt. 19:19; Eph 2:10);
(2) to relate to others, one must develop his own unique testimony (cf. 1 Cor. 3:2; 2 Cor. 1:3–8; 1 Pet. 3:15);
(3) to relate to God, one must honor Him as the Creator/Designer (cf. Rom 9:20, 21).
(4) One can achieve a wholesome self-image by recognizing the lordship of the Creator in his life
God so loves life He wants everyone on earth to live with Him forever.
He loves what He sees in the womb although the infant has a sinful nature from the day it is conceived.
2. This passage is important for giving our world a proper understanding of the value of life. VV. 15 -16
It speaks to abortion but even beyond that.
- (V. 15). “Skillfully wrought [lit. embroidered’] in the lowest parts of the earth”
- (v. 15) is poetic language for his formation in the darkness of the womb. “My substance, being yet unformed”
- (v. 16) refers to the embryo.
- Verse 16 affirms God’s prior knowledge of David’s life—all the way from the preembryonic stage through death.
- The Bible thus avows that personhood exists from the very moment of conception.
- 6. This is a very important matter in the question of abortion. Abortion, from the biblical perspective, is nothing less than murder (cf. Jer. 1:5).
- 7. What God decides to start, He doesn‟t give us the liberty to decide to end.
3. This passage is important for understanding our own self-worth before God. Each of us are one of His unique creations.
Four key thoughts as David addresses the Lord:
- You know me (vv. 1–6),
- You are with me (vv. 7–12),
- You created me (vv. 13–18), and
- Your cause is my cause (vv. 19–24).
Even when people are not perfect God acknowledges the fact that the one in the womb belongs to Him.
The sanctity of life was instituted by God because only humans reflect the glory of God.