Psalms 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Everything God made is wonderful. Look at how beautiful the mountains, the sea, the stars, the flowers, the animals, and the butterflies are. Look at how wonderful you are. Today’s scripture indicates that we are to praise God for creating us. We are to see His work in us as wonderful. This is hard concept for most of us, I know. We like to look at everything else and everyone else to see beauty, but fail to see the wonderful creation of ourselves. It is not a bad thing to have confidence in yourself, to have an appreciation for your awesomeness, to love yourself. I believe that in a way we can grieve the Holy Spirit by not loving ourselves. Can you image creating something that is a direct reflection of you and giving it to someone as a gift and they don’t like it? They begin to complain about the gift because it’s too ugly, or too fat, or too dark, or too short, or the hair should be different, or the nose is not placed right, or the lips are too big…etc. How would you feel?
We are created in the image of God, and whatever your image is, you should be praising God over it. We have to begin to have a healthy appreciation for ourselves and begin to love the works of God. He deserves our praise, our gratefulness, our adoration for His work.
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Psalms 139:13-16 from the Message Bible.
Day 30 in the #iAmchallenge2017 – During the month of May I will post a daily affirmation, corresponding scripture, and short encouragement. Read the affirmation out loud several times today.