“You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.”
—Psalm 139:5-6 (NKJV)
Many years ago, I attended the concert of an award-winning musician who’d chosen to record a live worship service. While I cringe at the thought of my singing voice being recorded anywhere, I was excited to be included in the chorus of thousands worshiping on that album.
It was a memorable night — full of singing and praise. And when I thought it couldn’t get better, the artist stopped the music…
It was quiet then, that room of thousands.
With a spotlight shining down, the musician recited Psalm 139 from memory, in its entirety. He did it with such feeling. Such reverence. Kneeling and with his head bowed to the ground, he spoke the words written, how the Creator thinks of each of US.
When the crowd broke into cheers and applause for this artist, he shook his head. He lowered his eyes to the ground and pointed to the sky, wanting all praise only for Him.
I witnessed this and could never forget that moment — such beautiful humility in praising the Creator. I’m reminded how God thinks of His creation. That we are unique. Hedged-in. Fashioned and formed, and in His image.
Take that with you today, friends. That you’re entirely unique! (Some can sing and some of us still, Ahem… cannot.) But we’re valued and created for praise. And whether we’re sent out on the world’s stage or make up the crowd of thousands, we claim gifts and a story all our own.