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Psalms 139:1-16 NASB

Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

This is another Davidic Psalms written by King David of the united kingdom (before Israel was dividend into two nations) and expresses the intimate personal relationship David had with the Lord (Adon in Hebrew). 

Verses 1-6 David acknowledges the Lord knows all about him, that is, keeps a watchful over him - knows when he sleeps and wakes up; knows his thoughts even before he speaks a word; is acquainted with everything in David's life and has enclosed him from front to back, which is constant vigilance or protection. David sums up by saying such knowledge of the Holy one of Israel is beyond his ability to understand it. 

Then in Verses 7-12, David speaks of the omnipresence of God - that no matter where he goes or what he does, the presence of the Lord is always there. He is not saying he trying to get away from the Lord's presence like the prophet Jonah did and was swallowed by a great fish (probably a whale), but he is speaking metaphorically that the Lord God's presence is always with him.  The same is true of all Christians though we may not be aware of it. Isn't that comforting to know the Lord loves us so much He is constantly watching over us. In fact, He dwells inside us - in our reborn spirits by the presence of the Holy Spirit. That is not the case with unsaved humanity for their spirits are dead in trespasses and sins. God's presence is not with them. 

In Verses 13-16 are the subject of today's Daily Bread for they clearly are antithetical to ABORTION, which is the murder of the unborn human being. Since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade became law, the United States of America has to date murdered approximately 60 million womb babies, that is larger than many nations. 

Notice in Verse 13 above, David says that GOD formed his inward parts and wove him in his mother's womb (this supports that life begins at conception for David is speaking of himself as a live human being in his mother's womb and it was God who formed him...and has seen his unformed substance (Verse 16 - that is biblical proof of the preciseness of conception when the male sperm fertilizers the female egg and the first cells are formed that develop into to a human being). David says he was fearfully and wonderfully made (fear here means a reverential respect for God's creative act - that from a small tiny cell a human being begins the process of life - wonder of all wonders! 

In Verse 15 he says "my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret" (inside the mother's womb and invisible to the naked eye). The fact that God is watching and observing every phase of human development inside the mother's womb should cause abortionist's to tremble at the thought of killing little womb babies. Every abortionist that dies without repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus will one day stand before the Lord and give an account for every baby they murdered and slaughtered. I have no doubt these aborted babies will be there at that judgment as a witness of their murder.

Verse 15b where David says he was skillfully made in the depths of the earth is figurative language that implies being inside the womb invisible to the outside seen world is like being in the depths of the earth where no one sees anything but the God above. 

Verse 16b is quite astounding when it says, "my unformed parts were all written in your book and the days ordained for them when as yet there was not one of them". Let that sink in. David is sharing a truth he could only know by revelation of the Holy Spirit. Apparently God has a book in which he records all our days beginning with conception and ending with our death. When an abortion occurs that also is recorded in the book as a testimony baby A's and baby B's lives were cut short by a decision to kill them. The names of the abortionist as well as the name of the mother is recorded in God's book of life (It could be the Book of Life the Bible mentions that will be opened at the Great White Throne Judgment). That is a sobering thought. Every abortionist and every mother considering abortion should read this Psalms because it would change the way they think about taking a the life of an innocent womb baby. Of course in reality most abortion clinicians will never know of this passage unless Christians share it with them. 

Can a mother who aborts her baby and the abortionist be forgiven of wholesale murder?  Yes, they can if they repent of their sin (abortion is a sin in the eyes of God) and trust the Lord Jesus for their salvation. Saved men and women are not going to have anything to do with abortions for the  Holy Spirit in them will not allow that. 

Here are some statistics about abortion in America:


  • Based on available state-level data, an estimated 906,000 abortions took place in 2015.
  • In 2014, a reported 926,240 abortions took place in the United States, down from 1.06 million in 2011, 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.2 million in 2005, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S (AGI).
  • In 2014, 18.9% of U.S. pregnancies (excluding spontaneous miscarriages) ended in abortion.1
  • According to the United Nations' 2013 report, only nine countries in the world have a higher reported abortion rate than the United States. They are: Bulgaria, Cuba, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine.*

    *Though the UN lists China's official abortion rate at 19.2, China's actual abortion rate is likely much higher. According to China's 2010 census, there were approximately 310 million women of reproductive age in the country. An estimated 13-23 million abortions happen annually in China, resulting in an adjusted abortion rate of 41.9-74.2. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44.

  • The highest number of 2014 abortions occurred in California (157,350), New York (119,940) and Florida(75,990); the fewest occurred in Wyoming (120), South Dakota (550) and North Dakota (1,260) (AGI).
  • In 2013, approximately 37.4% of all pregnancies in New York City (excluding spontaneous miscarriages) ended in abortion (CDC).
  • The annual number of legal induced abortions in the United States doubled between 1973 and 1979, and peaked in 1990. There was a slow but steady decline through the 1990's. Overall, the number of annual abortions decreased by 6% between 2000 and 2009, with temporary spikes in 2002 and 2006 (CDC).
  • From 2012 to 2013, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 5% (CDC).


  • In 2013, unmarried women accounted for 85.2% of all abortions (CDC).
  • Women in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortions in 2013 and had the highest abortion rates (CDC).
  • Adolescents under 15 years obtained .03% of all 2013 abortions; women aged 15–19 years accounted for 11.4% (CDC).
  • Percentage of 2013 Reported Abortions by Age of Mother (CDC): 
    <15 years15–19 years20–24 years25–29 years30–34 years35–39 years≥40 years
    0.3% 11.4% 32.7% 25.9% 16.8% 9.2% 3.6%
  • Women living with a partner to whom they are not married account for 25% of abortions but only about 10% of women in the population (NAF).
  • In 2013, women who had not aborted in the past accounted for 55% of all abortions; women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 36.2%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 8.8% (CDC).
  • Among women who obtained abortions in 2013, 40.2% had no prior live births; 45.6% had one or two prior live births, and 14.1% had three or more prior live births (CDC).
  • Black women were 3.75 times more likely to have an abortion in 2013 than white women (CDC).
  • The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties (NAF).
  • The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women (NAF).
  • In 2014, 30% of aborting women identified themselves as Protestant and 24% identified themselves as Catholic (AGI).