your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. [psalm 119:73]


give some time to this thought today–look down and look at your hands.  what do you fashion with your hands?–you can do amazing, creative work with your hands, make meals, do housework, make art, build a house or serve others. you can also do great evil with the same hands: inflicting physical abuse, clicking on a sinful image, pulling a trigger to kill.

but God can do no evil, he only does good. God makes the universe, and  people for his glory with eternal souls with his hands.  if you believed that, how might that change the way you look at others–the way that you look at yourself?


for you formed my inward parts;

    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

i praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

wonderful are your works;

    my soul knows it very well.

[psalm 139:13-14]


david’s worship of God is informed in his acknowledgement of God’s act of creation.  the themes from psalms 119 and 139 are similar: “God, you made me, you knit me together with your hands!–of course my ability to understand, to fear, to worship, to praise are from you too!” 

let us consider God’s hands today. in his presence, acknowledge his creative power, and his ability to give you wisdom to seek him. cry out to God, he is extending his hands to us, calling us to the only source of understanding–himself. 


~conor eastman