“For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Ps. 139:13-16).
The psalmist described us with a beautiful phrase: “remarkably and wondrously made.”
- Remarkably … made. The Hebrew phrase expressed great reverence, awe, and even fear. It reminds us that the all-powerful Creator of the universe made us—the psalmist wrote that God “knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
God also created us—and He created us in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27). You and I were made by God, in the image of God, for the purpose of glorifying God. People are created as either male or female, in all shapes and sizes, with different appearances, and a wide variety of ethnicities. But God didn’t create us to look like Him physically. He created us to be like Him spiritually. And that is remarkable!
- Wondrously made. God created every person walking the face of the earth as a unique individual, distinct and set apart. The intricacies of the human body and the amazing ways our physical bodies move and function are wondrous in themselves. But God also made each one of us unique.
David praised God for the wonderful and special way He created us. That doesn’t mean we were born perfect according to the world’s standards. We can rest assured that, no matter what flaws, ailments, or challenges we may have, God loves us—and has a purpose for us.
There’s no greater value than being known and loved by God—and God knew us and loved us before we were ever born!
Where in our culture do we see life being devalued or disrespected?
What actions can we take that reflect our belief in the value of all human life?
Your life matters. Let that truth make a difference in your life this week. Commit Psalm 139:13-14 to memory. Let these verses take hold in your mind and heart, so that it not only impacts how you see yourself but how you see those around you.
Excerpted from Jordan Easley, Bible Studies for Life: Made for Something More © 2018 Lifeway Press®. Used by permission. Scripture quotations are taken from the Christian Standard Bible®. Copyright 2018 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.