And It Is Wonderful

“Starchild” from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Psalm 139:13-14 says…

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

This portion of Psalm 139 is about God and us – in that order. And it is wonderful.

Biblically, God is always the initiator. In verse 13 of this Psalm, God forms us. This combination of creating and giving life is intrinsic to God. It’s who he is.

There is no other life-giving source in the universe. Life pours out of God. Where he is, life is. Where he works, life results.

There is no other entity or force that creates out of nothing. All creativity within the universe is derived; it uses pre-existing materials. This ranges all the way from a child building a lego house to the cosmic dust that forms galaxies.

God alone initiates, creates, gives life.

The psalmist praises God that he is “wonderfully made,” and then pushes the point further. In a moment of striking clarity, the psalmist connects God’s wonderful work to the reality that he himself has been wonderfully made and that his “soul knows it well.”


Here’s a question you can use for self-coaching. Share your thoughts in the comments section or contact me directly.

  • If you were to describe what it means to be wonderfully made, how far would you go?

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