“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. ” Psalm 139:14
God in His infinite, Sovereign Wisdom fearfully and wonderfully made you in His image (Psalm 139:13-16; Genesis 1:27).
“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. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
God “knit you together” in your mother’s womb, this means that every single part of you God made (body and soul). God makes no mistakes and is never taken by surprise. He is in complete sovereign control and He never does anything that is not ultimately for His glory and our good.
Isaiah 43:7 states: “everyone who is called by My name, Whom I created for my glory, Whom I formed and made.” God created you for His glory, in other words He made you to worship Him, to enjoy Him and to display His glorious name forever.
Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose.” The way God made you is ultimately not only for His glory, but is also for your good.
“Fearfully” means: “to revere; affright; to (make or be) afraid, or to (be had in) reverence.” We should be in awe and reverence of God who made us and how He made us.
“Wonderfully” means: “put a difference, show marvelous, separate or set apart.” God set you apart, you are uniquely designed by Him.
“Intricately woven” means: “embroider; needlework; curiously work.” God specifically, thoughtfully and meticulously designed every single detail of you.
GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES
In John 9:3, Jesus is questioned on the reasoning behind a man being born blind. The disciples automatically jump to the conclusion that the man’s blindness must have been a consequence of the man or his parent’s sin. In Jesus’ response to the disciples, He corrects their thinking:
“as He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him’” (John 9:1-3).
Did you catch the reason? It was so that “the works of God might be displayed in him.” Just like the man in the book of John who was born blind, God made you a certain way for His glory. How beautiful of a thing it is to know that the Good, Sovereign and perfect God of the universe is at work in us. He makes no mistakes in how He forms us.
In His Sovereign, Infinite Wisdom and Love, God created me with a heart condition. I know it is ultimately so that He may be glorified and He has and is using it for my good. No part of you is a mistake. God intricately and uniquely wove you together in your mothers womb for His glory and your good. Being created with something such as a heart defect or an illness or a disability may mean life is more difficult or challenging, but know that God is at work.
C.S. Lewis sum’s this up beautifully:
“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.”
GOD USES OUR WEAKNESSES
In Exodus 4, Moses questions how the Lord can use him due to his poor speaking abilities. The Lord responds by reminding Moses that it was He who made Moses: “Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11).
Even with what we see as weaknesses, limitations or disabilities, God is able to use for His glory. In the next verse God tells Moses, “now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak (Exodus 4:12).”
The Apostle Paul helps us to see how the Lord can not only use our weaknesses, limitations and disabilities, but how His grace is sufficient for us in them and how God’s power is displayed by using us in them.
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
Take some time to read through Psalm 139 and use it to praise and thank God for who He is and for how He made you. Consider taking the week to do a further in-depth study on Psalm 139.
For further study read: Isaiah 44:2, 64:8, Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 22:10, 119:73, and Ecclesiastes 5:11.
Psalm 136, John 9 and Exodus 11
Definitions from blueletterbible.org