fashioning our hearts

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During a Bible study in town with the Latigo girls, we came across this passage in Psalms 33 –

The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

Several phrases captured my attention. From the place of His dwelling and He fashions their hearts individually. It’s easy for me to hear the word ‘God’ and see a king on a throne in the sky, waving his hand magnanimously at the tiny human subjects below. This image may be partly accurate, but it’s not the whole picture. God fashions (doesn’t just ‘wave into being’ but fashions) our hearts in the place of His dwelling.

He takes His work home with Him. This is such a beautiful image of Jesus the carpenter, fashioning creations from wood in a room full of works-to-be. He doesn’t simply yawn us into being; he crafts us personally, with his own hands. How beautiful is that?

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