30 Days of Thanks & Praise! - Day #4 – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Psalm 139:14)
Psalm 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Our God is a God of expression. When you examine nature, you realize He is the Divine Artist. Consider the animal kingdom and the various species He formed, or the vegetative world and the surplus of colors and designs. Consider how every person who has ever lived has a unique DNA. Yes, He is a God of expression and He created you and me in His image; therefore, we too, are to be creatures of expression. The creative genius of our being, both physically and spiritually, is awesome and wondrous. The word fearfully in this context has the sense of ‘awesome.’ The psalmist fully understood the genius of His creation. Therefore, he determined to praise his Creator, the creative Genius Who designed human life in general and each of us specifically.
My heart has no battery. It doesn't run on gasoline or nuclear fuel, yet, it has not ceased to beat for nearly 50 years when it began its drumbeat after three weeks from my conception. If I live to be 70, it will have beat over 2 and a 1/2 billion times based on an average of 70 beats per minute.
God's design of our bodies speaks of His genius.
His Praise for God
"I will praise thee." Throughout the psalms, the psalmist exhorts us to praise God. We sing Amazing Grace which says, "When we've been there ten thousands years...we've no less days to sing God's praise then when we first begun." When we are in heaven, we are going to do a lot of praising of God. This will be different than what is going on in this world today. No one will be present to protest our praise to God.
His Prudence of God
"I am fearfully and wonderfully made." The psalmist credits creation to the Creator. The psalmist is no evolutionist. The human body is marvelous in its creation. Something of that magnitude could not just happen as evolution says it did. Of course, evolution is taught because it leaves God out of the picture, and it leaves out praise to God for the creation of man. We know one thing for sure — those high-tech machines and manufacturing facilities did not build themselves. You’ll never hear a tour guide say, “So all this cool stuff in front of you somehow appeared over time and eventually started working perfectly on its own.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Complicated machinery can only be built by an even more capable source. Manufacturing facilities require intelligent designers, fabricators, and engineers to mastermind the operation so things will work just right. The human body is a marvel. It is an ingenious composition and how marvelous it all is. Man could not have made man; he would have messed up somewhere and he would have messed up a lot.
His Perception about God
"Marvelous are thy works and that my soul knoweth right well." The psalmist knows that His work of creation of man was "marvelous." The Psalmist is very knowledgeable about God. To know about God "right well" ought to be the desire of everyone of us. We will not learn much about God when we read the Word of God infrequently and casually.
Psalm 139:17, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” Thank God for the wisdom He gives to us. Thank God for the ability to just "think" and function through life. What a gift to be able to live for the Lord. Paul urged us to use our mind and body for Christ (Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 7:23; Philippians 2:5). Because the Lord is our Creator, He is very familiar with us and knows us well. He knows all things. Our Lord sees with the greatest perception, into the depths of a person's heart and soul. He knows what we think, what we feel, and how we are doing. He knows the heart that has been broken by burdens and compacted by calamity and crosses to bear. He knows when doubt and disbelief try to demolish your soul. He knows the drain of despair and depression that siphon the soul of serenity. He also knows the devotion and dedication of those who are diligent in their duty to God. God's acquaintance with us leads to wonderful blessings. Because He knows, He is not surprised by our predicaments. Because He knows, we have security when life is precarious. Because He knows, we have serenity when we are in peril. Because He knows, we have solutions to our problems.
We were designed to give Him praise and honor. We are to express our appreciation and gratitude to our Creator through worship. Do you frequently express your love to Him? Perhaps you think that God knows how you feel and there is no need to express your love. Do you suppose that kind of thinking would work in other relationships? Probably not. Our spouse, children, and parents may know that we love them, but if we fail to regularly express our love they may feel as though we undervalue their presence in our life. Take time today and express your gratitude toward the Maker of this world. He has given and sustained our very existence; without Him we would have nothing and be nothing.
Questions to Consider:
Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous. Help me grow in deep love for You as I continue to seek Your face, Your presence, Your power, and Your will for my life. Help me to be what You want me to be for You. In Jesus name Amen.
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