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“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.” The focus of Psalm 139 is “you,” Yahweh, who is omniscient (vv. 1-6), omnipresent (vv. 7-13), and infinite (vv. 14-18). Since we are none of these things, the greatness of God frequently leads us to bewilderment and even confusion; but God is big enough to withstand our resulting fits of outrage, even calming us down to the point where we regain a proper view of reality (vv. 19-24).

The main idea here is that God does all things fearfully and wonderfully, and, therefore, we are led to praise him. Why? It is this acknowledgment about God, consummated in our boasting and bragging about him, that, among other facts rehearsed in the Psalm, impels us to go down the path on the way of everlasting life on which he leads us.

In sum, it is God that we seek, both to know him and so to be like him, to be what he made us to be, souls—the inextricable combination of material and immaterial, inner and outer, made in his image—restored from the deadly consequences of the fall, having been reconciled through the redemption in Christ Jesus by the resurrection from the dead! Yes, “wonderful are your works,” reflections of omniscience, omnipresence, and infinity, reflections focused into a beam of light leading us down the path to know, to apprehend, and, feebly at first, and ever more strongly, reflect back to him the image of him whom to know is life eternal. By faith, and in hope of the resurrection, then, I will boast and brag on him forevermore!

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