I’ve lived in different places in the world. I’ve visited many beautiful places. Yet, I can say that the most beautiful place that I’ve ever lived was my mother’s womb. Let me repeat what I’ve just said: the most beautiful place that I’ve ever lived was my mother’s womb. I remember when my wife and I heard the heartbeat of our first child for the first time. After hearing our baby’s heartbeat, my wife made this comment, “That was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard.” That sweet sound came from a mother’s womb.
Why do I think a mother’s womb is the most beautiful place on earth? I will give you two reasons.
Here’s the first reason: We are conceived in our mother’s womb. David writes in Psalm 139:13 “[God] formed my inward parts; [He] knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” God created David, putting all his cells, organs, and parts together. Then in verse 16 David adds, “[God] saw my unformed substance.” In Hebrew the term “unformed substance” can also be translated “embryo,” which refers to the unborn baby from the time of conception through the eighth week of development. Notice God regards David in the womb as a person not as a thing. David became a person the moment he was conceived.
One of the arguments for abortion is that the embryo or the fetus (the unborn baby after the second month) is not yet a human life; and thus, pre-born babies may be terminated. Some pro-choice individuals would even dare to say that the fetus is just a bunch of tissues woven together. In sharp contrast to the pro-choice movement, God sees a fetus as a human being even if the fetus is not yet fully developed. Abortion therefore is sinful for it deliberately destroys a living human being in the womb. Sadly, what I call the most delightful place has become the most dangerous place in the world for this is where the murder of unborn babies happens.
The second reason why I think a mother’s womb is the most beautiful place on earth is because this is where we had our first reason to praise God. In verse 14 of the same chapter David proclaims, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” When you cannot find a reason to thank God, remember the time when you were in your mother’s womb. Someone has noted, “We cannot begin too soon to bless our Maker, who began so soon to bless us [in our mother’s womb]: even in the act of creation he created reasons for our praising his name.”
Do you know how God created you and me? Fearfully and wonderfully! We were fearfully made. The making of us is astonishing and should create in us a sense of reverence toward God. It should inspire us to bow down before our Creator in worship. Pregnancy is indeed amazing! If you are pregnant, think about this: there is another person in your womb. Unfortunately, some pro-choice mothers think that the fetus is only an internal organ connected to a woman’s body. But God tells us otherwise. The pre-born baby is not an organ but a person.
We were also created wonderfully. We were separated from the other creative works of God, for he created us in his own image. We are special creatures, and the proper response that we can give to our Creator is praise: “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you” (Ps. 71:6). Yet, I thank God not only for creating me in the womb, but also for recreating me in Christ. I praise him not only for my physical birth but also for my spiritual birth (John 1:13). God caused me to be born in order for me to be born again (John 3:3).