“Your eyes say 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.”
King David wrote a majority of the Psalms as prayers and praises to God.
Psalm 139 was written to praise God for the fact that He is all seeing, all knowing, all powerful and everywhere present. God knows us and sees us and lets us know Him.
David wrote about how God formed each person uniquely and skillfully. God doesn’t make any junk. Each person is precious.
In verse 16, Paul wrote that God knows every person even before they are conceived. For each person, God knows every day that they will be on this earth and what will happen.
This can be a wonderful and hard truth to understand. On the one hand, God has foreknowledge of what will happen in our lives. We can take comfort in that. On the other hand, God has given us choice every day to as to how we write our story. Somehow God makes those two truths work together. That’s what makes Him wonderful.
Now you know the story behind Psalm 139:16.
If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It provides the Big Story behind all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.