“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are your works, and that my soul knows very well” Psalm 139:14
Psalm 139 was the first scripture I was asked to read aloud to the congregation my husband and I were attending 14 years ago. Little did I know at the time that the Hound of Heaven was pursuing me and I was on the verge of giving my life to Christ.
When I read Psalm 139 specifically verse 14 today, many years later, I understand much more about who God is. His worthiness, power, profound creativity and His wonderful works. However when I contemplate what it means to be fearfully made, I end up with more questions than answers leading me to consider if verse 6: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, to great for me to understand” is meant to prepare me for verse 14.
The scriptures teach that fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10); that fear of the Lord leads to life (prov. 20:23); and that God is truly the only one who is worth fearing (Luke 12:4). However, what does it mean to be fearfully made?
Is the unique structure, creativity and development of the human body designed by God to point me to His power? Does this power bring forth awe, wonder and reverence? Did God intend that when we look at the design of the human body, we are inspired to praise and worship Him? If He is able to create such a masterpiece, how Great is He? How do I not realize God’s power when I look at how He created mankind? Is the human body created such that in its intricate design, we see proof of Gods power and we recognize that He used that power to demonstrate his fearfulness?
Heavenly Father, forgive me for not appreciating your power. Thank you for designing the human body in such a way that it demonstrates your power. There is on-one who is able to create as you have designed the human body. Help me to see the human body for what it is, a demonstration of your wonderfulness and fearfulness.
How does the way I look at my own body change the way I see God; Or, based on the way I look at my own body, what does it say about my view of God?
20 days have gone and 20 more to go, have you experienced God in denying your physical body some kind of comfort?