For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.Psalm 139:14
The word fearfully when translated from Hebrew means with great reverence, heart-felt interest, and with respect. And wonderfully [“pala”] means to be separate, distinguished, or unique—God made you to be special. These words form a clear statement about the amazing capabilities of the human body God has created. Our bodies are made of billions of cells and a myriad of parts that can only be adequately explained by a loving Creator. Here are two truths to dwell on as we enter into a new year…
- God Intimately Knows You
Because all humanity is fearfully and wonderfully made, the Creator and Lord knows the hairs on your head. To know we are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Lord, we need to understand the smallest details of our lives according to the plan of the Lord (Ephesians 1:11). Psalm 139:14 contributes to our understanding of this subject by highlighting the all-knowing, all-present, and complete knowledge of the Lord. Such knowledge reveals the Lord is not a casual observer who takes knowledge in as we do.
- We Belong to our Creator, God.
Because we are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Lord, He owns us as well as the rest of the world He created, governs, and sustains. Psalm 139:13-16 expands upon David’s earlier reference to the divine presence of the Lord, showing how His presence is so intimate that even in the mother’s womb, He carefully knits people together. By using this imagery, the Psalmist pictures the Lord attending to the details of his life as a knitter must pay close attention to knit a blanket to not produce a tangled mess.
So don’t forget… there is no one else like you. You are the only you that God has ever created. God made you to be special, distinguished, and unique.