“I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalms 139:14
Those words fearfully and wonderfully speak volumes. The word fearful (yare’) in Hebrew means “to be held in awe.” The word wonderfully (palah) in Hebrew means “to be distinct, wonderful, and set apart.”
If only we looked at this everyday. If only we thought of the process God went through to make us. He fearfully and wonderfully made us. He made me and beheld my creation in awe. The God of this universe made me…. such a small person… And He beheld me in awe. Awe is defined as “an overwhelming feeling of adoration.” Imagine Jesus forming you, already in awe of you and what you are destined to do.
So if the Lord is in awe of us as His creation, we are not just benchwarmers in this world. We aren’t some humans wandering around trying to stumble upon something we can make a living at. We are wonderfully made. We are distinct as God’s child. He has set us apart just as if He has marked us with His thumbprint or DNA. Jesus created us with a purpose that isn’t the same as the everyday motions of the world we so often get stuck in. As He beheld us with such intense adoration, He deemed us set apart as His family and for something bigger than ourselves.
I wonder if we began to meditate on those words “fearfully” and “wonderfully” what would actually happen. Would we begin to love ourselves a little more? Would we smile brighter? Would Jesus seem more like a loving Father than a judge waiting for us to get out of line? Would we change our hearts, our lives, our surroundings, and maybe even our nations? For we are fearfully and wonderfully made and called to do all of those things.