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 other 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, saying that his “works are wonderful.” And 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 “that full 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 for you to be wonderfully made, how far would you go?

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2 Responses

  1. Jennifer Eby says:

    It seems impossible to improve on the Word of God and His many verses on this, particularly Psalm 139 of which I wrote a rhymed version. It has been a very special portion of Scripture for me. I wrote an essay once on God’s artisans but it is much more personal than that. God literally holds every particle of me together every moment. He is always conscious of me in every intimate detail, every circumstance, every moment and always working with the decisions I make to make everything come together for my spiritual good. How can I but say with the Psalmist how vast His thoughts. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. God knows me altogether.

    • Jim says:

      Jennifer, your comments point us direct to an amazing God. Thank you for that.

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