What Does it Mean to Be Fearfully and Wonderfully Made?

The Bible Scripture of Psalm 139:14 tells us a lot about how and why God made us. In the verse, it states: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

The phrase “fearfully and wonderfully made” is known by many Christians and it talks to us about how God made us, how we are valued by God, and how He loves us despite our mistakes and sins.

But what does it really tell us? Is that all that means with this verse? That we are wonderfully made by our Creator? Let’s dig deeper into what this scripture really tells us.

God Perfectly Designed Us

When God created Adam, He made him in His own image. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”

God created Adam and Eve to mirror Him, and thus, the creation of mankind is designed with perfection. We are made in God’s likeness and image, and that is what sets us apart from other creatures here on earth.

When God created millions of other life forms, it was only mankind that featured not just a physical body but also a mind and a spirit. It is only mankind that can distinguish between right and wrong from a moral perspective. While animals do make choices between right and wrong, it’s not because of a moral foundation but stems from a survival standpoint.

Only humans have a spirit that can connect with the Lord, and that what makes us superior to all other life forms on earth. And it is because of our minds and spirit that God loves us above all things.

He also created us with a blueprint that not only made our bodies perfect but also our thoughts and emotions. When we were made, God had already created a plan for our lives, and that every single detail that happens is in accordance with God’s plan for us.

We Are Wonderfully Made But We Need Redemption from Sin

We may be made “fearfully and wonderfully” but this does not mean we do not sin. Mankind is sinful and this was proven with the very first man that God created, which was Adam. Adam was forbidden to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge but he disobeyed God. From that moment on, mankind became sinners.

We may be made in the image of God, as perfect as Him in our bodies, but we are sinners and we must be redeemed. That is why we have to worship God, we have to praise Him, and that is why we have to ask forgiveness for our sins.

God sent us His only son in the form of Jesus Christ so that we may be saved.

When the Lord made us, specifically when He made Adam, He wanted mankind to be a reflection of Him and His holiness. But mankind has proven time and time again that we cannot live our lives in accordance with His image and holiness, and that is why He sent Jesus to show us what it truly means to be Godly. He showed us how we should live our lives by giving us the greatest example that He could give, and that is through His son who came to earth to save mankind from himself.

Jesus Christ showed us that although we are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” we are not perfect because we are sinners. Our job on earth, therefore, is to strive as hard and as much as we can to be like Him, so that we may be redeemed of our sins, and we shall be given eternal life.

God Intimately Knows Us

When God “fearfully and wonderfully made” us, He had a plan for us before we even left the womb. He knows every single detail of our bodies, our thoughts, and our emotions. He knows every hair on our head and every inch of skin that we have. That is how God intimately knows us.

He also knows the precise details of our lives, from the minute we were born, to how we are treated, to how we live our lives. He knows us intimately, and there’s nothing that we can hide from Him.

God Made Us with a Purpose

When we were conceived, God already made a plan for our lives. There may be moments in our lives where we question God. We may lose a loved one, we may fail at a business, we may lose all our money, and we may be faced with an incredible illness. We may ask Him why He’s punishing us, or why he’s not giving us what we want right now. But we have to understand that from our conception to our very last breath, God has a plan for us and everything that happens is according to the purpose that God made for us.

As long we obey Him, praise Him, worship Him, and live our lives like Jesus Christ, God will reveal our true purpose in life. This also means that we should have faith in Him when we are faced with problems or challenges. We must believe that everything that occurs in our lives is in accordance with His plans and that we should not fear or worry, because God has something greater planned for us, even greater than what we thought we wanted.

God Values Us Every Human Being on Earth

Psalm 139:13-14 also shows us that God values every human being on Earth. He values human life from the womb to the deathbed. Because God is the creator of man, which He has made in His image, every human life is precious and valued.

God values every person, from the baby in the womb, to those who have sinned, to sinners, to Christians, to the elderly. God values every single human soul, and that is why we must treat each other with love, patience, and forgiveness because that is how God values us.

When we sin against mankind and against God, what does He do? He forgives us when we ask for forgiveness. When we disobey Him, does He stop loving us? No, He continues to love us and give us strength, courage, and hope.

God loves us no matter what because He created us with purpose and meaning. We are not made without purpose and we were not created just to survive. God created each one of us “fearfully and wonderfully” because each human being was made with a purpose. We may not know it, but we have a purpose here on Earth, and that is to live our lives following the footsteps of Christ.

When we talk about the church, haven’t you noticed why we help the elderly, the misunderstood, and those that have been abused and mistreated? This is because God teaches us to value humanity, and that means every single human being on earth. No matter where you come from, no matter how much money you have, and no matter what mistakes you’ve done, you must be treated with dignity and respect, because you are made by God.

Every Human Being Belongs to God

Because God is our creator, it also means that every human being belongs to God. This means that we should live our lives in accordance with His commandments, and we should obey Him in everything that we do. God does not forbid us to live our lives, but He tells us that in whatever it is that we do, we must always think of Him.

When we make decisions, from waking up in the morning to making big decisions in our lives, we should always think of God. We must praise Him, worship Him, and live our lives the way Jesus did. And that is God’s plan for all of us so that we may have eternal life.


Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God. It is liberating to know that you were not created merely to survive, merely to be mistreated, or merely to fail in life. It is spiritually enlightening to realize that God has a plan for us and that every single thing that happens in our lives, from our emotions to our thoughts are occurring because it follows God’s purpose for us.

While we do sin, and we do make mistakes, and we stray away from God’s teachings, it is incredibly empowering to know that God is always there for us. When we stray from Christ, we are giving ourselves away to Satan, and that is why we sin, that is why we suffer, and that is why we have dark moments in our lives. But the moment we return to God, the moment we begin to accept Him once again, the minute we return to Him, He will help us get back to that blueprint of the wonderful life that He has prepared for us.

So while we may live our lives in sin, we have to go back to Psalm 139:14 and realize that we are actually made with a purpose and that we are direct reflections of God’s image and character: and that is holy, purposeful, and sacred.

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