“for it was You who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You because I have been fearfully and wonderfully made”. Psalm 139:13-14
Often in the Hebrew scriptures we hear the term “fear” in relationship to God. Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Unfortunately, our English translation of the Hebrew is incomplete. The word does not mean “be afraid of God” rather have awe and reverence for God. It is about recognizing God’s awesomeness, power and majesty.
The Psalmist recognizes this when he says I have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Think about this – the Creator has created us with great reverence, with awesomeness. When translated from the Hebrew, wonderfully means unique and set apart.
You have been awesomely made by God, you are unique and set apart. Take a moment to think about that statement (read it over again).
A pastor who led a retreat would always say to us “God made you an original, don’t be a copy.” I love that statement. Each of us are made unique and set apart in the image of God. Within you is something incredible because you have been made by God.
As you travel through this week, and this new year, keep this in mind.
Prayer for the Week
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guide me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Mother Theresa