I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14 NASB)
Dr. Jim Patterson is a dear friend and my former optometrist in Ashland, Ohio.
After every eye examination he would either give me good news (my eyes were healthy) or bad news (I’m getting older and I need bifocals). He would always show me a chart of an eye and explain everything in detail. I appreciated Jim’s great care but I was even more impressed with the chart of a human eye. It was colorful and very complicated. Obviously, the human eye has design and purpose; it is not an accident. It is amazing and the human eye shouts, “God!”
Take any other part of the human body: the respiratory system, the circulatory system, the brain, the digestive system, the reproduction system and the hands, feet, arms and legs and you are impressed with each. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Such things stop me in my tracks and my mouth automatically opens with praise to the Creator.
We usually emphasize only the physical aspects of ourselves when we quote this lofty verse. We must also remember that He created us with a personality, emotions, intelligence and the desire to love and be loved. At our rebirth, He gifts us with a spiritual gift, He inserts passion to serve and then He also gives us skills and allows us to live long enough to experience life.
I am physical, but I am also spiritual, emotional and intellectual—all by God’s purpose and design. As an involvement minister I see how God has designed folks for service. I am just as amazed and awe struck with God’s creative work in this area as I am with His creative work in the physical. My mouth opens up again with praise.
As members of God’s family, you are fearfully and wonderfully made by Him for HIS purpose (Colossians 1:16). I would like to think you would want to know as much about the way He has created you (not just physically but also in the other ways mentioned herein) so you could serve Him more fully.
I strongly recommend that every Christian do the available inventories to learn how God has created him/her for service. You and I bring glory to Him best by being living sacrifices in the physical body in which we live (Romans 12:1-2). I suggest to you that as we allow ALL of our very being (our physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual selves) to serve Him and others, it is then He is glorified and it is then that we begin to fully understand Psalm 139:14.