Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:14

Have you ever felt like a failure?  

I have.  It doesn’t feel very good.  When I started WoodsEdge Community Church, I had gone through four tough years of ministry.  These were years of struggle, frustration, hard work, personal conflict and more.  I had lost my confidence as a pastor and as a preacher.  I didn’t feel so good about myself.  I felt like a failure.  

Most of us, at one time or another, go through seasons like this, when we feel like a failure, a reject, a nobody.  

At those times, it is vital that we hear God’s voice and not the voice of the enemy.  We must intentionally listen to God’s truths about us, not Satan’s lies about us.  

One of the best places for God’s truths about us is Psalm 139.  There we hear God’s voice to us:  

I know you.  (vs. 1-6)
I am always with you.  (vs. 7-12)
I carefully made you.  (vs. 13-16a)
I have a plan for you.  (vs. 16b-18)  

In other words, you matter to God!  You matter more than you know!  

The centerpiece of the psalm comes in verses 13-14:  

For you formed my inward parts;
   you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
   my soul knows it very well.  

David is filled with awe and wonder and bursts out in praise! Lord, you fashioned me in my mother’s womb.  You intricately, carefully, personally fashioned me.  You made every cell in my body.  I am your handiwork.  Your thumbprint is on me.  Your eye has always been upon me.  Lord, I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Lord, I praise you for the way you tenderly made me.  Indeed, I am special to you.  

If ever you feel like a failure, if ever you experience rejection and disappointment, if ever you feel like a nobody, run to Psalm 139 and hear the voice of God.  You matter to God!  You are incredibly special and precious to the God who made you.