Hand-Crafted Days

Friday, May 19                           

Reading in The Grace of God, The Bondage of the Will, chapter 1, written by Raymond C. Ortland, Jr., I learned something about Ps. 139:16.  I’ve always treasured this Psalm, so it was exciting to get a new and precious truth.  Not being a Hebrew scholar, I would otherwise have missed this little gem.  The author, who is obviously a Hebrew scholar, pointed out a subtle—but extremely significant—difference between the NIV and the RSV.  He said that the RSV reflects the Hebrew text whereas the NIV does not.  The NIV says “All the days were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  The RSV says “the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”  The issue is not the number of days that David was to live, but the content of those days.  The word “formed” would be like what a potter does when forming a pot.  Before the foundations of the world, well before David was even born, God was mapping out David’s days right down to the minutest detail.  That excites me.  What a comfort to know that we are cared for in that way.  No wonder David was devoted to God.  and no wonder he was very special in God’s eyes.

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