“and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.”– Psalm 139:14 (CEV).
Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? What thoughts zip through your mind when soaking in your reflection? Are they kind or critical, praiseworthy or full of condemnation? Do you wish some things were different?
This Psalm 138 verse gives us an inkling of our value from God’s perspective. He designed us with care. As the verses immediately following verse 14 say, “Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.” (Psalm 139:15-16 CEV). In other words, your existence, your features, and your abilities are not a mistake. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made you and thoughtfully placed you in a body, a family and a place on this earth. You are perfect.
Not perfect in the sense of a an IQ off the charts, perfect features and unmatched charisma. But perfect for the plan God has for your life. Perfect for being the feet and hands of Jesus: choosing to be kind rather than dismissive, praying for a friend who is going through a difficult time, sending an encouraging text, being a good listener to those who need a friend.
Not perfect in the sense that you do everything right the first time, or that you aren’t tempted to sin. But perfect because God sees what you can become if you continue to choose what is right and good. I wonder if we truly understand how valuable we can be to God’s work and the kingdom of heaven. You are perfect for the work of salvation that God wants to accomplish in you.
Max Lucado says in Cure for the Common Life, “Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you…We exist to exhibit God, to display His glory. We serve as canvases for His brushstroke, papers for His pen, soil for His seeds, glimpses of His image.”
Our bodies are magnificent works of art. Our heart, brain, kidneys, lungs, blood system—all work together every day to keep us walking and talking. It’s a miracle that only a loving and omnipotent God could create and sustain. God made you and me–in His image and uniquely different from anyone else so He could carry out the plan He has for our life and no one else’s.
- What are some advantages of God knowing everything about you? How could this be a source of motivation in your life?
- How do you feel about God’s total knowledge of you? Do these verses make you feel uncomfortable or bring you comfort? Do you feel restricted or protected by this?