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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

August 28th, 2018

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well…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 139:14-16 ESV)

What is to be our attitude toward our own existence? We did not choose to be born, our parents made those choices, but we are more than the mere product of human choice. God created each human life and each human life”s existence is worthy of respect for that reason. He made us for a purpose.

Praise – The psalmist shares with us profound thoughts, and this knowledge resulted in his praise of God – inward gratitude and outward thanksgiving, acknowledging God’s goodness. The result of all our knowledge of God and of His ways brings our hearts to praise and thank Him more.

Fearfully – This word carries the thought of awe and reverential fear toward our Creator and toward His act of our own creation. We respect ourselves because we respect Him. “Respect” is, of course, the weakest word we can use for our attitude toward God. Reverence and awe and the fear of God are more accurate expressions. When we look upon ourselves, our very existence, we should recognize that our existence is a miracle.

Any life on earth is intricate and miraculous, but only human life can stop and consider and react to this truth. We are the only ones who can feel awe and wonder for our own creation and can praise God for His act of creation.

Wonderfully – This has the idea of being made in a special way, to be distinguished from others. We are not like other creatures, not entirely, and human life stands out because it is made in the image of God. Though sin has marred that image, it is still a miracle in itself. These two words give us reason to be in awe of God’s work of creating us, and have respect unto ourselves.

My soul knows this – The psalmist was, of course, a believer, and as such his soul had been instructed by the Word and through his own faith, that he was a wonderful creation of God. Not every person has this enlightenment – most do not – and it is our calling to tell them. Each human on earth, no matter how degenerate, how sinful, or how resentful toward God, is a miracle of God, is wonderfully made by Him.

Surely, there is something here that our souls should hold on to. We are wonderfully made – I am and you are. When we doubt our significance, or that our existence has meaning or value, stop and consider this truth – know this truth and know it quite well. You are wonderfully made by our all wise and loving Creator.

The unformed substance – We cannot pass this passage without pointing out that the significance, dignity, and respect due human life extends to the womb, even to the earliest days of the embryo’s existence, when it is as yet still unformed. This is why abortion is unthinkable to a Christian. It treats that which is fearfully and wonderfully made as though there is nothing to revere or to marvel in.

The days that were formed for me – We are now brought to a calling to fulfill each of the days that God has given us with service and devotion to Him. What is our purpose? To know God and to enjoy Him forever. To know Christ and to make Him known to others. Wherever we are in this timeline of life – whether in the early days, the middle years, or the sunset of life, each day is precious and a miracle in and of itself. Use each day for God and consider each day a privilege to be alive.

My father-in-law suffered with cancer for several years and was near death in the final months, when he was made better and lived for three more months. It may seem as though those last three months were insignificant to an older man, even prolonging his suffering on some level.  Yet in those months he was able to see a colleague trust in Christ, someone he had witnessed to but only came to faith in the final days of my father-in-law’s life.

We do not know what witness we may give and lives we may touch all the way to the end of our life.

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