Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:13-14 ESV

I have been teaching my children these verses. We recite it together as we lay down to sleep. We pray these verses over our children. We ask that the Lord would implant these two verses into our hearts daily as we continue to learn what it means to be a child of God. 

We have been pregnant twice. The first time, everything freaked me out. I didn’t understand the whole process; all the crazy changes that a woman undergoes that comes with growing a baby inside your body. So, at every turn I was dealing with new and uncertain things. And then Mel got pregnant a second time. And that is when I learned that every pregnancy is different. All the things I had done to help her the 1st time were now antiquated and useless. Therefore, I had to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to help her through the second pregnancy. It also made me realize how strong my wife is, how resilient she is, and how dense I can be. But by the grace of God, we made it through.

I say all that to frame the context of how we usually look at these verses. We usually think about these verses while we are pregnant, while baby is tiny and cute and it is still fascinating when they cry. But sometime around the terrible 3’s (that’s right, I said 3’s. Terrible 2’s is a joke), we stop quoting this verse. Or it is maybe when they learn how to take their soiled diaper off in the middle of the night. Or maybe it is when they learn how to sneak out of the house. Regardless of when, at some point it is easy to stop thinking about how amazing it is that we are created by the Creator. 

These two verses are amazing, but I want to make the case they are even more amazing when you take into account the context they sit within. David starts this Psalm by recounting to God the realization that God knows everything about David. By verse 5, we see that David is overwhelmed by this beautiful fact. Then David goes on to say that there is literally nowhere he can go to flee from God’s presence. From this place of amazement at the all-knowing and all-present facets of God, David pens these words:

You formed me. You knitted me together when I was growing inside my mother.

Just let the truth claim that is being made here resonate in your soul. Do we live lives from a position of belief in this statement? Or do we allow the accuser to tell us that we are accidents? That we are no good? That we have no purpose? May it never be. God formed you. And He formed you on purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says that you are the workmanship of God and that He has prepared good works for you, that you would walk in them. 

Then David says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” First, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. This does not mean that God was scared when He made you. Instead, the idea of “fearfully and wonderfully” means that there is a level of respect and awe that was put into your creation. You are made in the image of God. Genesis 1:26 says that you and I are made in the very image of the God. This idea of being made in God’s image means that you have value because of whose you are. Just as my children bear my image, my mannerisms, my accent, so you and I bear those and more from our Creator. We walk in such a way that people know that we are His. We are image bearers. This verse says that praise erupts out of our soul when we realize this truth. 

Finally, let us be a people that look at the wonderful works of God and have souls that know it very well. We have to orient ourselves to others in such a way that honors the gift of God that people are. You are made by the King of the Universe. So is your coworker. So are your parents. We honor and respect people because they bear the very image of God. 

Know that God knew you before you ever took your first breath. He knew the sound of your voice before your vocal cords were formed. He etched your finger print and breathed life into your bones. He is the creator God and He does not make mistakes. 

Love you guys,
Justin