You Are Marvelously Unique

Don't Fear

Human beings are special. God created us with marvelous uniqueness and the awesome ability to have an intimate relationship with Him. Like David, we can praise Him because we’re the workmanship of His loving hands.

What are some practical implications of knowing and believing you’re fearfully and wonderfully made? What are some negative consequences of not believing this? God created human beings to be like Him.

Human beings are not special—at least according to the London Zoo. In 2005, the zoo introduced a four-day exhibit: “Humans in Their Natural Environment.” The human “captives” were chosen through an online contest. To help visitors understand the humans, the zoo workers created a sign detailing their diet, habitat, and threats. According to the zoo’s spokesperson, the goal of the exhibit was to downplay the uniqueness of human beings. One participant in the exhibit seemed to agree. “When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds them that we’re not that special.”

What a stark contrast to what the Bible says about human beings: God “fearfully and wonderfully” made us in “his image” (Psalm 139:14; Genesis 1:26–27).

David began Psalm 139 by celebrating God’s intimate knowledge of him (vv. 1–6) and His all-encompassing presence (vv. 7–12). Like a master weaver, God not only formed the intricacies of David’s internal and external features (vv. 13–14), but He also made him a living soul, giving spiritual life and the ability to intimately relate to God. Meditating on God’s handiwork, David responded in awe, wonder, and praise (v. 14).

Dear Lord, help us to know that it's in You that we find and discover our true identity, and in a world that is built with chaos and confusion, help us to take great comfort and knowing that as Eph 1:5 puts it, we're predestined for adoption to sonship in Jesus Christ. May this Word be a reminder to those needing encouragement and strength to continue their walk with You. And it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Today's Scripture: Psalm 139:1-14

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 13–15; John 7:1–27

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14

Reference: Our Daily Bread By Marvin Williams