Fearfully and wonderfully made…



Psalm 139: 13 For it was you (o God) who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

I love this psalm. It speaks to the intentionality surrounding God’s creation of people. Each person is created with purpose, from the moment they are conceived. Yet what stands out for me today is the phrase in v.14 which says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. In other words, we are made to be both “fearful” and “wonderful”.

We are made to be “fearful” in that we are made to fear God. This doesn’t mean for us to run and hide from God, but to have respect for God. We appreciate that his words are true and his boundaries are life-giving. We also appreciate that violating God’s will and God’s ways will ultimately be to our great detriment. When we fear God we submit to his Lordship and authority.

We are also made to be “wonderful”. In other words, we express awe and wonder as we experience God in our lives. We realize that we can never fully comprehend all that God is and does – or why. We are limited by our finite nature. A finite being will never fully comprehend an infinite God. But that doesn’t mean we should try to learn as much as we can.

Question I’m asking myself this morning: Am I living as one who is “fearfully and wonderfully made”? Are you? If not, what’s holding us back? Let’s pray.

Lord God in heaven, we give you thanks and praise for life. Give us grace to live as you created us to be – to live in both fear and wonder of you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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